Is God Male?

Cruimh

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We don't have a religion forum, and as this concerns the Episcopal Church, Anglicans in the USA, I have put it in Foreign affairs. Story from The Washington Post carried in The Boston Globe

Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.

The terms for God, in the poetic language of the prayers written for centuries, have almost always been male: Father. King. Lord.


And in the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters. The Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity.


This week, the church is debating whether to overhaul that prayer book — in large part to make clear that God doesn’t have a gender.


‘‘As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equity will not just be incomplete. I honestly think it won’t matter in some ways,’’ said the Rev. Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Texas who is on the committee recommending a change to the gendered language in the prayer book.
It'll be interesting to see if things get heated

The leaders of the Episcopal Church, the American denomination that descended from the Church of England but has long been separate from its British mother church, will consider two dueling resolutions at their triennial convention, which began Tuesday in Austin and runs through next week.
One resolution calls for a major overhaul of the Book of Common Prayer, which was last revised in 1979. A wholesale revision would take years, the church says, meaning a new prayer book wouldn’t be in use until 2030.
Switching to gender-neutral language is the most commonly mentioned reason to make the change, but many in the church want other revisions. There are advocates for adding language about a Christian’s duty to conserve the Earth; for adding a liturgical ceremony to celebrate a transgender person’s adoption of a new name; for adding same-sex marriage ceremonies to the liturgy, since the church has been performing such weddings for years.
The alternative motion is to study the current Book of Prayer - supporters of this feel that there are already approved alternatives.

So - does God have a gender? Dualism would suggest that if there is a male God then there should be a female God.

If it is accepted that God is genderless, and why should God be bound by human biology?, then we shall have taken a further step away from the archaic Patriarchy that has impeded the development of humanity.
 


Ó Ghabhainn

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Have you read the Gnostics, Cruimh?
 

Cellachán Chaisil

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If God is male, does he have a penis? A Y chromosome?
 

gerhard dengler

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Throughout the gospels, Jesus Christ refers to God as "Father", only.

But you don't believe in Jesus.
 

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We don't have a religion forum, and as this concerns the Episcopal Church, Anglicans in the USA, I have put it in Foreign affairs. Story from The Washington Post carried in The Boston Globe

Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.



It'll be interesting to see if things get heated



The alternative motion is to study the current Book of Prayer - supporters of this feel that there are already approved alternatives.

So - does God have a gender? Dualism would suggest that if there is a male God then there should be a female God.

If it is accepted that God is genderless, and why should God be bound by human biology?, then we shall have taken a further step away from the archaic Patriarchy that has impeded the development of humanity.
There is no God. Grow up.
 

Ramon Mercadar

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Some people won't be satisfied until god is portrayed as a black trans disabled lesbian.
 

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God is symbolically male in relationship to humanity.

That said the Holy Ghost was often portrayed as female in Syriac Christianity.

This however is a pure example of wanting to suck up to an evil world that hates Our Lord Jesus Christ.
 

gerhard dengler

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Easily dealt with - His Mother, Mary was running around with him. That only left a father - and let's be honest - how seriously would he have been taken at that time and place if he had invoked a female or gender neutral deity?
Jesus invoked many things, which people of that time and which people like you, reject.
 

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Is the sun in the sky male or female ,

The concept of a god that has been taken and used by the RCC is male..
 

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The idea 2000 years ago of a fictional book(s) being written, collated and heavily edited with a female supreme leader is ridiculous.

The people who wrote the religious books were highly misogynistic and reflected the time the lived in. Something religion has remained consistent with.
 

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We don't have a religion forum, and as this concerns the Episcopal Church, Anglicans in the USA, I have put it in Foreign affairs. Story from The Washington Post carried in The Boston Globe

Is God male? The Episcopal Church debates whether to change its Book of Common Prayer.



It'll be interesting to see if things get heated



The alternative motion is to study the current Book of Prayer - supporters of this feel that there are already approved alternatives.

So - does God have a gender? Dualism would suggest that if there is a male God then there should be a female God.

If it is accepted that God is genderless, and why should God be bound by human biology?, then we shall have taken a further step away from the archaic Patriarchy that has impeded the development of humanity.
He's not an Orangeman anyway - Thank God!:cool:
 


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