How Should we Think About Gender and Identity?:
(Questions for Restless Minds)

Robert Smith

Lexham Press

Speak with biblical clarity on gender and identity.

Can someone be born with the wrong body? This question raises moral, social, and legal implications. Do you have a biblical response?

In How Should We Think about Gender and Identity?, Robert S. Smith recognizes that to properly respond, we must first understand. Smith first defines terms and outlines the history and current debates around transgender. God’s word is brought to bear, including its perspective on creation and sin, sex and gender, and body and soul. Learn how you can thoughtfully engage the debate with conviction and display the love of Jesus to your transgender neighbor.


Robert Smith

Robert S. Smith (MTh Moore Theological College) is Theology, Ethics and Music Ministry Lecturer at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. He is the co-author of Songs of the Saints: Enriching our Singing by Learning from the Songs of Scripture (Matthias Media, 2017).


Rob Smith is the ideal person to tackle this particular question for restless minds. I know of few people who have approached this issue with such careful attention both to what the Bible says that might bear on this issue and how Christ’s people might care for those who are struggling or distressed by it. This is an issue where emotions are running high at the moment, misin formation abounds, and, tragically, great harm is being caused. Rob is aware of the pain and the need for a gentle word. He is also aware of the goodness of God’s word, the need to study it carefully, and so to speak a true word. I very gladly commend this book.

Mark D. Thompson, Principal, Moore Theological College

The ‘Transgender Revolution’ in society has a two-fold impact. An increasing number of people are suffering: the victims of a damaging ideology, who may not necessarily seek to promote it themselves. On the other hand, there are the campaigners and activists who aggressively promote gender ideology. Robert Smith presents a biblical and thoughtful response to their claims. With that firm foundation in place, he then offers wise and compassionate pastoral advice to address the needs of those who have been impacted by this cultural revolution.

Sharon James, Social Policy Analyst, The Christian Institute, UK; Author of Gender Ideology: What Do Christians Need to Know?

This generation of Christians inhabit cultures that sometimes reject not only biblical revelation about reality but also the reality of reality itself. The Questions for Restless Minds series poses many of the toughest questions faced by young Christians to some of the world’s foremost Christian thinkers and leaders. Along the way, this series seeks to help the Christian next generation to learn how to think biblically when they face questions in years to come that perhaps no one yet sees coming.

Russell Moore, Editor in Chief, Christianity Today

If you’re hungry to go deeper in your faith, wrestle with hard questions, and are dissatisfied with the shallow content on your social media newsfeed, you’ll really appreciate this series of thoughtful deep dives on critically important topics like faith, the Bible, friendship, sexuality, philosophy, and more. As you engage with some world-class Christian scholars, you’ll be encouraged, equipped, challenged, and above all invited to love God more with your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Andy Kim, Multiethnic Resource Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

We have written short books pitched at undergraduates who want arguments that are accessible and stimulating, but invariably courteous. The material is comprehensive enough that it has become an important resource for pastors and other campus leaders who devote their energies to work with students. Each essay ends with a brief annotated bibliography, intended for readers who want to probe a little further.

D. A. Carson, From the Foreword