On Gender and the Soul

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Is the soul gendered? While various answers to this question have been finding their way into mainstream Christian media over the past few years, the question itself has remained unasked – and the broader implications inherent in our answer to it have been left unconsidered. On Gender and the Soul by Benjamin Cabe is an in-depth exploration of sex/gender and its relation to the soul with the intention of drawing out the teachings of the Church Fathers on the subject and applying in today’s world.

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Is the soul gendered? While various answers to this question have been finding their way into mainstream Christian media over the past few years, the question itself has remained unasked – and the broader implications inherent in our answer to it have been left unconsidered. On Gender and the Soul by Benjamin Cabe is an in-depth exploration of sex/gender and its relation to the soul with the intention of drawing out the teachings of the Church Fathers on the subject and applying in today’s world.

Benjamin Cabe presents an outstanding survey of the teachings of the patristic writers of undivided Christianity and the modern elders of the Orthodox Tradition, demonstrating their consensus on the nature of the human soul – and the specific examination of the soul’s relation to gender, the body, and sex. It is a seminal work of great value to scholar and novice, teacher and student, pastor and parishioner, physician and patient, in the midst of modern theories on gender issues. The patristic teachings presented herein will equip the reader with the Church’s guidance on the subject of sex and gender, amidst the contemporary cacophony of confusing opinions. I am confident that this book will promote needed and helpful dialogue and will contribute to spiritual healing, human thriving, and theosis. — Archbishop Michael (Dahulich), Rector of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

This concise but erudite overview of the “theology of the soul” is opportune, in light of modern gender theories; here, Cabe reveals not only how an Orthodox understanding of human nature is essential within Christian theology, but also how it applies to the healing of persons experiencing gender dysphoria within the context of the Church. This work will be an insightful resource for faithful Christians serving in ministry, theology, education and medicine. — Lisa Gilbert, MD, FAAFP, Ascension Via Christi; Fellow of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

Benjamin Cabe, fills a lacuna in Orthodox theological studies, examining the patristic understanding of gender as it relates to the body and soul. On Gender and the Soul is an excellent beginning to a conversation, driven by the ancient Christian ideal of spiritual healing rather than a modern political or sociological agenda. — Fr. Joseph Lucas, author of Prayer of the Publican: Justification in the Desert Fathers

Benjamin Cabe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2019. In 2013 he founded Conciliar Post, a website devoted to meaningful conversations between different Christian confessions. In 2015 he founded Theoria, a YouTube channel devoted to producing professional quality videos about the Orthodox Faith.

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