The Trinity and Feminism

Nonna Verna Harrison

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity and Feminism

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This article examines the relation between feminism and the doctrine of the Trinity. It highlights feminists' concerns about traditional Trinitarian theology's the use masculine language about God. It argues that the use of feminine metaphors to describe God should not lead to a rejection or replacement of the names for the Trinity given in Scripture and tradition, since divine paternity does not mean that the immaterial Father is male. It suggests that the generation of the Son is a model for both human motherhood and fatherhood.

Keywords: feminism; Trinity; masculine language; Trinitarian theology; Scripture; divine paternity; motherhood; fatherhood

Article.  5985 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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