The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female

The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female

The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female

The Divine Feminine: The Biblical Imagery of God as Female

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In a recent Peanuts cartoon, Snoopy sits in front of the typewriter atop his doghouse laboring over an article to be entitled Beauty Tips. Triumphantly he produces sentence one: "Always remember that beauty is only skin deep." But something feels wrong about that. After an inner search for relevance, he changes the final words to "fur deep."

The next day, however, he is visited by Woodstock, the diminutive chicken. After Snoopy has proudly shared his opener that "beauty is only fur deep," Woodstock gives him some strong advice in chicken language. As a result, Snoopy changes his conclusion to "feather deep."

Because he is trying to communicate inclusively with animals of many sorts, Snoopy is up against a very serious problem. Fortunately, the problem is eased considerably for those of us who are writing for a human audience. The only potentially exclusive distinctive that shows up in English grammar is the gender distinction of male, female, or neuter. With relatively little effort, grammar can be manipulated so that females as well as males are included and affirmed.

It seems natural to assume that Christian people, eager to transmit the Good News that the Creator loves each human being equally and unconditionally, would be right in the vanguard of those who utilize inclusive language. Yet . . .

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