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God has no gender

"God and Pronouns: God has no gender" by Vexen Crabtree (2006)

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God does not have genitals

(Anonymous)
That is what brought me to your site through a Google search.

My name is eaglewise

I am a Christian man who has been thinking about these things for some time and decided to share a little.

In this instance you are correct God does not have genitals. In fact neither did Adam or for that matter Eve.

The bible says man was created in the image of God, like Him. Then it goes on to say, in the image of God created He them.

See no genitals.

I'll come back and share a little more if you like.

It is a matter of person, not sexuality.

(Anonymous)
In English, "it" usually reserved for things that have no obvious personality or life. Rocks are "it." Trees are "it," even when they are gendered (like Holly). Yet, many people will see non-reproducing machines as "he" or "she" because of the "relationship" that seems to exist between the object (car, ship, etc.) and humans.

As you work to avoid the nonsense (as you seem to describe it) of gender related to God, you end up choosing a system which conveys lifelessness.

This is one case where I think the choice to break from the traditional use of the language does more harm than good. It would be better to explain that "gender" should not be conflated with nor confused with sex and sexuality (especially when referencing God), than to try to breathe life into the lifeless "it."

Re: It is a matter of person, not sexuality.

It's not my place to grant god a "lifely" appearance through the use of gender assignment. If a person believes in a god so be it, they can imagine it to be whatever gender they want, it has nothing to do with me. Many think God should be a "He", many think a "She"... it is not my place to give privilege to either group.

Re: It is a matter of person, not sexuality.

(Anonymous)
Can linguists create a new category - the personal pronoun - like the word God itself is a pronoun whose referent is reality - mysterious, comprehensive, encompassing reality - not to be known, grasped or understood except as that which causes the distinctive common disturbance in the human family that causes humans to ask about the meaning of their own humanness and to evolve according to the rites, rituals, customs, habits, expectations surrounding their various collective responses or answers? Otherwise, how do humans escape patriarchal or matriarchal or other authoritarian character flaws and condition themselves for totalitarianism?

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