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Many Christian churches and groups have definitive ideas and policies related to gender. These policies often outline acceptable gender roles both within their Christian organizations and in everyday life. Given the prevalence of Christianity, it is important to understand the range of Christian views on gender. Although the religion as a whole has moved toward gender equality over time, disparities continue to exist in most Christian organizations. In fact, some denominations adhere to complementarianism, allowing men to hold leadership and pastoral positions and limiting opportunities for women. In addition, there is often a lack of understanding and support for transgender, gender nonconforming, and genderqueer individuals. This entry explores the diversity of Christian views on gender and focuses on the experiences of women in the ...

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