A Reassessment of the Traditional Christian Teaching… (article)

A Reassessment of the Traditional Christian Teaching on Homosexuality, Transsexuality and on Gender and Sexual Variation Using a New Neurophysiological and Psychological Approach, Susan Gilchrist

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The aim of this investigation is to compare the traditional doctrines and teaching of the Christian Church on sexual and gender variation with the results of present day neurophysiological and psychological research. It shows that these conditions are identity driven and it contradicts the current Christian doctrines which exclusively attribute the driving forces behind all gender and sexually variant behaviour to the pursuit of lust, illicit and immoral sex. It rejects the Church assertions that the gender and sexually variant conditions are intrinsically disordered by demonstrating that these are within the wide-ranging latitude of a process of personality development which is tuned to ensure the attainment of the maximum potential and individuality of every person and it affirms that within the gender and sexually variant communities as extended a range of moral attitudes and expectations must be found as those which occur in all of society. There is a clear contradiction between the two views and a second part of this investigation examines how and why this discord occurred.

Current research work in infant neurophysiology and neuropsychology, has identified the importance of key features such as those of mirror neurons, the active phases of brain plasticity, synaptic pruning and of cortical development, and it has revealed the importance of the imitative processes in controlling the functioning of the brain. It is demonstrated in this analysis that the creation of the personal self-identity, including the sexual and the gender components are part of a contagious and self-reinforcing process of possessive imitation. This analysis shows that the conflicts associated with gender identity to be the symptom of the failure to build a coherent sense of self identity, rather than the cause. It also demonstrates that these are processes which are tuned to maximise the degree of personal potential and individuality that can be developed and it shows how variations in the processes can lead to situations where both gender and sexually variant identities are formed.

For nearly 2000 years the Christian Church has maintained its traditional teaching in homosexuality and gender and sexual variance. This analysis has shown that this is built on a false foundation, and that the teaching of Jesus leads to the transcendence of gender and sexual divisions which provides an approach to gender equality which incorporates responsibility and respect for the other person that would be acceptable in the present day.

Please note that this material is offered for discussion and comment. It does not represent the current policy or the current attitude of the Coalition, or any of its constituent groups.

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