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Inaugurated eschatology from a transgender perspective

Hannelie Wood
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 45, No 1 | a2995 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v45i1.2995 | © 2024 Hannelie Wood | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 September 2023 | Published: 28 March 2024

About the author(s)

Hannelie Wood, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


Many people who identify as transgender, experience discrimination, stigma and societal marginalisation as if they are not really human beings created in the image of God. This article argues for more acceptance of transgender people within a Christian world view. I contend that gender and the imago Dei can make room for more inclusivity and inherent human dignity for all people. Transgender identity, the idea of inaugurated eschatology as ‘already/not yet’ with the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the restoration of God’s image, and the acceptance of transgender individuals in God’s Kingdom will be focussed on. Inaugurated eschatology enlightens us on who we are in Christ. The topic focusses on transgender issues in relation to inaugurated eschatology and its effects on transgender roles within the Christian faith community. The nature of the research is qualitative and descriptive, either contradicting or supporting different views on transgender and inaugurated eschatology.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: To encourage discussion and deeper exploration of the concepts of transgenderism and inaugurated eschatology that could contribute to more inclusivity and inherent human dignity for all people in the fields of theology, gender studies, politics, philosophy, history and psychology.


inaugurated eschatology; transgender; gender; image of God; Holy Spirit; inclusion

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 5: Gender equality


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