Nadia is so right in her resistance to attributing "maleness" when we say or read "God" in Christian liturgy. How can the God we pray to be male? I'm at the point where the mere attribution of male nouns/pronouns as/to God feels misleading and wrong-headed. Christians have historically referred to God reflexively as the Father, and of course Jesus was male . . . so the doctrine of the Trinity became male-oriented . .. This issue seems to have been important to the writers of the Old Testament, who developed the famous tetragrammaton YHWH, a way to speak or write God's name in a genderless way. Judaic sources throughout history also used other terms for God, such as Merciful One, Creator, and the Name, as well as the gender-connoting King, Master of the Universe, and Hashem, among others. In Islam, God is never "genderized." Islam holds that Allah is one and unique -- a single indivisible truth that is independent of the created world. My way of dealing with the "male God problem" is to substitute Love writ large whenever a male "God" comes my way -- the great Love I have come to understand that pervades all of creation, and that includes all of us.
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