…thinking what American evangelicals would do if some US-based church moved to do what the Church of Sweden did this week, and start referring to their god in gender-neutral terms. They’d lose their collective minds–assuming they have one to share among ’em.
The Church of Sweden, which is an Evangelical Lutheran sort of church, made this move recently, to start next year, and they’re reworking some of the services to acknowledge that God is “beyond our understanding” of gender.
This is an argument I got into years ago, back when I was still a practicing Christian–God (I’m talking about the Bible God here, the one I grew up dealing with) isn’t like us, we’re made in their image–and they aren’t just one being, either, now that you mention it, but three…sort of.
If men are made in God’s image, then are women? The Church wants women to behave as if they were, but if God’s a man, then they’re not. The logic of God making humankind in their image breaks–because it begs a question of God’s gender.
I used to have more fun confusing literalists with that!
As for God addressing us, “foolish mortals” is a gender-neutral form of address, after all…