What Does It Mean to Be Human? This course aims to bring clarity regarding the Scriptural teaching on sexuality and gender, emphasizing how specific passages as well as the overall message of the Bible speak to these matters, and how at the center of this discussion is the fundamental question, “what does it mean to be human?” We’ve created this resource for three reasons:

  • To lay out a biblical framework for understanding what it means to be human.

  • To increase the Church’s compassion toward and awareness of those experiencing same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, so all may be cared for in love and truth.

  • To create space for Christians to learn and talk about these challenging topics together, so that voices may be heard, questions addressed, and the Church encouraged to live faithfully today.

Course curriculum

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    Being Human

    • Being Human Study Notes

    • Recommended Reading

    • Watch Commercials

    • Talk #1: What does it mean to be human and to live a fulfilled life?

    • Talk #2: What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?

    • Talk #3: Transgenderism: Understanding its anthropology and assessing its hope for wholeness

    • Talk #4: The Biblical view of gender: Understanding its anthropology and assessing its hope for wholeness

    • Talk #5: What does it look like to live graciously in a post-Christian society?


The Rev'd Dr. John Yates III

John Yates (PhD, Cambridge University) is Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. His teaching experience extends across the US, UK and Australia. He is currently serving as series editor for The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library and has taught in depth on the relationship between the biblical and cultural views on sexuality, marriage and human identity.

The Rev'd Dr. Sam Ferguson

Sam Ferguson (MPhil, Cambridge University) is the Rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia. He has written articles and reviews related to the topic of gender for The Gospel Coalition, Books at a Glance, and The Christian Teachers Journal. He has recently finished his PhD in the area of biblical anthropology that intersects with some of these issues.