Debating God’s Gender

I wanted to share some links to interesting articles that were posted last week as prominent Christian bloggers were debating on the issue of God’s gender and appropriate terminology for discussing God.  There were so many fascinating posts circulating that I thought I would link to some here for your reading pleasure!

It all started on Friday, May 16th, when Owen Strachan (president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) called out blogger Rachel Held Evans via Twitter for heresy in a 2012 post in which she referred to God as “She.”

Her response: Is God a Man?

Kate Wallace at The Junia Project wrote this brilliant post: “In The Image of Man They Created God; Male They Created Him“.  Read the comments to see Owen Strachan’s responses, plus Rachel Held Evans, Sarah Bessey, Mimi Haddad, etc.  Very intense dialogue happening in the comments!

This post, “El Shaddai and the Gender of God” taught me all kinds of fascinating things.

Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality, wrote this excellent series: On Earth as it is in Heaven: Is God Male?, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

And this one from Marg at “Is God Male or Masculine?

Elizabeth Eshter explained why she would only call God in masculine terms: “I believe in God the Father“.

I had never considered why anyone would refer to God as anything but male, as He refers to Himself as Father.  I’ve learned so much this week about feminine names and metaphors for God!

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