Posts From Bruce Ashford

How America Lost Its Mind

Kurt Anderson’s Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire is one of the bestselling and most discussed books of the year. In this fast-paced and provocative work of revisionist history and diagnostic journalism, Anderson argues that Americans have recently become untethered from reality and that Trump’s election represents the high point of our collective delusion. More importantly, Anderson argues Americans [ Read More ]

A “Yes” and a “No” to the Most Important Religious Book of the Year

Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is the bestselling and most discussed religious book of the past year. In it Dreher argues that the past few decades in American life have revealed the extent to which Bible-believing Christians have been decentered socially, culturally, and politically. An increasing number of Americans—including those with cultural power—view historic Christianity as implausible, [ Read More ]

An Evangelical Guide to Transgenderism (4): Relating to Individuals with Gender Dysphoria

Experts estimate that roughly 700,000 Americans identify as transgender. Based upon that number, it is reasonable to believe that most Christians will interact, and perhaps become well-acquainted with, several transgender persons over the course of their lives. In the course of our interactions and acquaintance, what should be our aim? To start with the obvious, [ Read More ]

An Evangelical Guide to Transgenderism (3): The Bible and Gender Identity

The transgender debate is complex and multi-layered, including physical, psychological, social, cultural, political, moral, and religious components. In this this article, we limit ourselves to a brief theological evaluation of gender dysphoria and transgenderism based upon three significant biblical teachings. Creation & God’s Design The first significant biblical teaching is found in the first chapter [ Read More ]

An Evangelical Guide to Transgenderism (1): Introduction

In recent weeks, international media outlets have published a number of articles and interviews about transgender surgery, focusing especially on the regrets experienced by many recipients of gender reassignment operations. In an interview with The Telegraph, world-renowned genital reconstructive surgeon Miroslav Djordjevic said that he is seeing an increase in “reversal” surgeries for persons who [ Read More ]