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Transgender Theology Professor Leaves Christian College

(UPDATED) Former theology chair and one of CCCU's largest schools agree to part ways.
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Update (Oct. 9): Azusa Pacific University and Adam Ackley have released the following joint statement:

"Dr. Ackley and university leadership have engaged in thoughtful conversations regarding Dr. Ackley's continued employment at APU ...

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THOMAS F HARKINS JR

October 05, 2013  12:37pm

Zoe Brain, apparently you are well-read in science periodicals, which I don't claim to be. However, are you saying that most people who are trying to "change genders" fall in the categories of the journals' references you rely on? I doubt that seriously. Most such are rejecting the gender that God actually did make them. Again, tough cases do not warrant saying a person should be able to "voluntarily" change how God made him or her to be. And God did make them "male and female," and "for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with this wife." That's the way things are SUPPOSED to be. So, we stay with God's model to the fullest extent that we are able, and let God worry about those unfortunate situations where genetics have gone haywire.

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Zoe Brain

October 05, 2013  8:25am

@John Castle - "Surgery and chemicals (i.e. hormones) can manipulate a perception, but it can't change the DNA. " - er... yes it can. A bone marrow transplant does. See Bone marrow-derived cells from male donors can compose endometrial glands in female transplant recipients by Ikoma et al in Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Dec;201(6):608.e1-8 -- These show that a bone-marrow transplant recipient's entire bodies gradually become genetically identical to that of the donor due to cell turnover. Even the brain. Even the reproductive glands. -- That doesn't change the recipient's sex of course, but that;s because DNA doesn't define sex. 1 in 300 men don't have the usual 46,XY genes most males do. Some women too, and rarely the daughters they give birth to as well. The Bible is neither a biology nor astronomy textbook.

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Zoe Brain

October 05, 2013  8:20am

@THOMAS F HARKINS JR - No, there's "nothing in scripture that supports a person having a different "identity" than what they are physically "born" with." However, it happens anyway. For example - "In an isolated village of the southwestern Dominican Republic, 2% of the live births were in the 1970's, guevedoces ...These children appeared to be girls at birth, but at puberty these 'girls' sprout muscles, testes, and a penis. For the rest of their lives they are men in nearly all respects. Their underlying pathology was found to be a deficiency of the enzyme, 5-alpha Reductase." -- The Bible is not a biology textbook. There's nothing in it to support people changing sex like this either. It happens anyway. As for " Surely the "rules" should not be changed simply due to "hard cases" like that. " - surely they should, as is described in Isaiah 56:3-5. It's inhuman, and unChristian, not to.

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THOMAS F HARKINS JR

October 04, 2013  2:22pm

I agree with John Castle that God says, "Male and female created He them." Also. "For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, that they two may become one flesh." Jesus references the Genesis account in answering the question about divorce. There is nothing in scripture that supports a person having a different "identity" than what they are physically "born" with. One writer cites to the exceedingly rare instances where a person is born with both male and female body parts. However, there are a number of unfortunate incidents due to the fallen nature of the world, such as two bodies conjoined to each other. Surely the "rules" should not be changed simply due to "hard cases" like that. I also have to agree with John Castle that CT is getting away from its conservative Christian roots. Another less egregious instance of this is catering to evolutionary "scientists" views on evolution which are contrary to the biblical account. Come back home!

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Rick Dalbey

October 03, 2013  3:49pm

James, I am not countermanding her free decision. She is free to undergo surgery.

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