Identity Project

Katie J. McCoy, PhD


Katie J. McCoy holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Seminary (Texas), where she served on faculty for five years. Her research includes the patterns of justice for women in Old Testament laws as well as the intersection of theology, gender, and women's studies. She is the author of To Be a Woman: The Confusion Over Female Identity and How Christians Can Respond and co-author of Humanity, part of the Theology for the People of God series. Dr. McCoy is a political news junkie and frequent contributor to WORLD Radio’s Culture Friday. She writes at

Katie J. McCoy's Recommended Resources

To Be a Woman: The Confusion Over Female Identity and How Christians Can Respond

We live in a cultural moment where the definition of "woman" eludes the keenest of thinkers and brightest of scientists, where one’s biological sex and one’s gender are divorced, where the meaning of gender itself is a constantly moving target, and where girls and women, especially, struggle to know who they are.

Where societal confusion has naturally ensued from this state of affairs, and Christians especially wonder how to think and respond to it, Katie J. McCoy offers a clear and helpful guide in her debut trade book, To Be a Woman.

In these pages, Katie will help you understand:

  • why, as a culture, we’ve arrived in such a place of gender confusion
  • what the relationship is between biological sex and gender, and why this relationship is so crucial
  • the truth about gender transitioning, including the irreversible damage of hormone therapy on the female human body
  • common myths and misunderstandings in the gender debate
  • what Scripture and science have to say on the matter
  • ways to respond in a Christlike way to loved ones struggling with gender identity

Blonde Orthodoxy

Dr. McCoy’s website offers a host of articles and other resources for helping Christians think biblically about women and womanhood.

What is a Woman

In response to cultural tendencies to reduce women to their feelings, Katie lays out a biblical account of what it means to be a woman.


This book offers a fresh perspective built on four core assumptions: that humans are divine creations, that our understanding comes from our Creator's intentions, that Scripture reveals these intentions, and that living in accordance with our created nature leads to a truly fulfilling life. Whether you are a student, professor, or layperson interested in this pivotal cultural topic, this is an invaluable resource that will empower you to understand yourself in light of Scripture and engage with the pressing issues of our world today.