June 19, 2005


Our Father Is No 'It' or Gal God (Dennis Prager, June 19, 2005, LA Times)

Father's Day provides a fine opportunity to talk about our Father in Heaven. Why do Judeo-Christian religions insist on God being a father and not a mother? Is it still important to use masculine images and vocabulary to describe God? Or is that all a vestige of sexist religion?

That is the charge of "progressives" within Christianity and Judaism. Because men and women are equal, their argument goes, describing God, the highest being, in male terms is pure sexism. It simply discriminates against women and places men in a superior position. These arguments have great appeal in an age that confuses equality with sameness. So it is worth briefly sketching some of the arguments for preserving male depictions of God. [...]

First, God is the source of moral rules. As the feminist thinker Carole Gilligan argued years ago, men think more in terms of rules, and women think more in terms of feelings/compassion/ intuition. There is a great human need for both. But, first and foremost, the Judeo-Christian God is a moral ruler (giver of moral rules and moral judge of humanity)...

That's the whole shooting match.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2005 12:00 AM

I wish he'd do a better job of enforcing the rule against eating lobsters.

That's a thing that is more expensive today than yesterday, and I think it should be reserved for atheists like myself.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 19, 2005 3:50 PM


He changed it to "boil thoroughly."

Posted by: oj at June 19, 2005 5:41 PM

He did announce a new dispensation, but he never got around to explaining which parts of the old were to be kept. The Ten Commandments apparently, based on hundreds of posts here last year, were keepers.

It is not clear why these were keepers but the lobster ban, equally clear and important in the Sacred Texts, was not.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 19, 2005 11:03 PM

Because He said it wasn't.

Posted by: oj at June 19, 2005 11:06 PM

And also because He gave us the gift or reason so we wouldn't keep asking such silly questions after our freshman years.

Posted by: Peter B at June 20, 2005 2:43 PM



I thought I was at brothersjuddblog. Sorry, wrong address.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 21, 2005 7:25 PM

You have to have read Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and the rest in those Catholic schools. Reason is one of God's greatest gifts to Man.

Posted by: oj at June 21, 2005 7:28 PM