The idea that sexual differences reflect a spiritual reality is often dismissed as meaning that “biology is destiny.”
In other words, if I think that being a woman shapes my personality, my marital role, or my relationship with God, then I’m a slave to my animal parts.
Feminism reveals its embrace of Cartesian dualism–as well as its misunderstanding of the Christian view–through condemning “biology as destiny.”
As a Christian complementarian, I believe that my female sexual organs–along with the rest of my body–are *me.* They are not just objects to be manipulated, mutilated, or sold.
My body was made to grow and nourish new life. I refuse to hate it for this ability; I refuse to drug it or surgically alter it in order to make it somethig different. Instead, I embrace this ability, not only in its physical aspects but also in the way it affects my interactions with the world. I am more timid and careful than my husband is, because my body instinctually wants to protect any life that may be within it. I am good at appreciating the particular over the abstract, because my body brings forth new individuals, each of whom must be cared for according to his or her particular personality. I am comfortable with mystery and do not seek to subject the world to rational control, because for nine months I can carry a baby hidden inside me, a person who I can cherish without knowing.
Nature is fundamentally good, because God made it. Yes, nature is also in a fallen state, leading to corruptions of its goodness, such as disease, death, and decay. But grace perfects nature–it does not abolish it. In the gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says of Mary Magdalene that “I myself shall lead her, in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit, resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” But in the Christian, non-gnostic worldview, women need not be stripped of their natures. I don’t need to take a pill to make my body less female; I don’t need to transcend or deny my biological reality. I am made in the image and likeness of God just as I am–body and soul–and hence my spirituality can be in harmony, not in conflict, with my body.
I have a destiny as a child of God. And my biology is part of that.