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Calling God ‘Father’

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780198269502
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.003.0005
Calling God ‘Father’

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This chapter discusses the meaning and the connotation of the term ‘Father’. It answers important radical questions regarding the meaning of the ‘Father’ and the views of feminists to such a title. One important question asked is: Is it expedient for feminists and sympathizers to call God ‘Father’ in writings, prayers, and liturgies where continued use of the title masks an imbalance in ideas about God? The chapter also discusses if the ‘Father’ language can be eradicated from the text and tradition and if a feminist can live with Christianity if it cannot be eradicated. The discussion argues that what is objectionable is not simply that God is styled as male in tradition, but that the ‘divine male’ is styled as the one who is powerful and dominant. The chapter concludes that, within the religious dynamics of Christianity, only the Son can show the Father; and without the Son, the Father is not God, but an idol.

Keywords: Father; feminist; divine male; Son; feminist view; meaning of the Father; names of God

Chapter.  5848 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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