God is NOT a man: Calls grow for emphasis on ‘FEMININE nature of God’ – ‘Don’t use HE’

Sunday, September 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

GOD SHOULD not be referred to as “he”, the Church of England’s first female diocesan bishop and other leading Church figures have declared.

Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Church leaders say the tendency to describe God as “he” is a growing problem, some even going so far as to argue calling God a man is heresy.

The calls come after a YouGov survey found almost half of 18-24 year old Christians believe God is male, with one in three over-65s believing the same. Only one percent of respondents believed God was female.

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek said: “I don’t want young girls or young boys to hear us constantly refer to God as ‘he’.”

She warned it is important to be “mindful of our language” so as to avoid alienating non-Christians from the Church.

She told the Sunday Telegraph: “For me, particularly in a bigger context, in all things, whether it’s that you go to a website and you see pictures of all-white people, or whether you go to a website and see the use of ‘he’ when we could use God, all of those things are giving subconscious messages to people.

“I am very hot about saying we can always look at what we are communicating.”

Bishop Treweek became the first female bishop to sit in the house of Lords in 2015 and famously sent back the initial version of her writ of summons because it referred to her as a “right reverend father in God”.

The Rt Rev Dr Jo Bailey Wells, The Bishop of Dorking said using male language is a “growing problem” as language generally becomes more gender neutral.

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