Pregunta: Ya que hay personas que nacen intersexuales, ¿esto invalida la doctrina del género eterno de los Santos de los Últimos Días ("Mormón")?

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Pregunta: Ya que hay personas que nacen intersexuales, ¿esto invalida la doctrina del género eterno de los Santos de los Últimos Días ("Mormón")?


This is one of the effects of the Fall and aberrational to the human species in general

Some secularist critics of the Church have pointed to the existence of intersex humans in order to invalidate the doctrine of eternal gender. Intersex people are defined as those that:

are born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies"[1]

It is claimed that this invalidates the doctrine of gender as outlined by "The Family: A Proclamation to the World":

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.[2]

It should be noted here that "gender" is used synonymously with "biological sex". There are many scriptures that bear this doctrine out as well (see also Genesis 1:26; Mosiah 7:27, Ether 3:15, Doctrine 20:18, Moses 1:6; 2:26, 6:9, Abraham 4:26).

It should be first noted that those who make this argument commit the naturalistic fallacy in logic. Just because it occurs in nature, that does not, by necessity, make the phenomenon the inherent ideal.

The second point of refutation for this argument does require an explicitly religious assumption (and conversely, the only strength in this argument comes from an explicit secularist/naturalist assumption) but it is one that explains this phenomenon within the context of our theology well. The Fall brought a lot of effects that we are to overcome. Thorns, thistles. and noxious weeds now become part of our nature (Moses 4:24). Nature is now inherently orderly and chaotic. To those parts of nature that are chaotic, God has revealed a proper order--an ideal that contrasts what we find in nature. This is what we find in the doctrine of gender. Indeed, there is a significant majority of people that are not born intersex and current numbers of people born intersex are estimated at 1.7% of the world's population.[3]. This is aberrational compared to the majority of people that are not born this way. This, however, should not be taken as any sort of endorsement for the treatment of such individuals as aberrational.

In summary the argument:

  1. Is based on the naturalistic fallacy
  2. Requires an arbitrary epistemological and axiological assumption.
  3. Can easily be refuted by pointing out the fallacy and the arbitrary assumptions.

FairMormon unequivocally condemns the discrimination of any of God's children based upon gender, race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc..


  1. Wikipedia "Intersex" <> (accessed 4 January 2019)
  2. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" <> (accessed 4 January 2019)
  3. Wikipedia, "Intersex". See references 134 and 135. The Intersex Human Rights Australia maintains the 1.7% figure "despite its flaws".