Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God
Megan K. DeFranza
William B. Eerdmanns, 2015, xvi + 311 pp., pbk
DeFranza sets out to offer a critical overview of Christian anthropology, making constructive moves towards reframing Christian anthropology so that space is made for the reality of Intersex persons. She issuccessful in this attempt in a work that repays careful reading.
Paying careful attention to the context out of which it emerges, and the ‘culture wars’ that surround issues of gender and sexuality at present, DeFranza attempts to steer a course that both pays attention to the scientific realities of intersex persons, and those individual personal lives and experiences, whilst wanting to bear witness to some basic classical Christian convictions about the nature of the human, gender, sexuality and relationships. As such the book is something of a challenge both to those who wish to upend all received understandings of gender, sex and relationships, and those who wish Christian anthropology to continue unaffected by the, from that perspective, unhelpful realities of intersex persons.