I really like that statement, so my first reaction was to let out a cheer. All that bad art sanctified by centuries that portrays the ETERNAL as a manly bloke, beard and all. Sheer stupidity.
Then I thought... but isn't that the way scripture does portray the Ancient of Days? The mighty warrior, the lord of hosts (i.e. armies) who lets Moses have a fleeting squiz at his (doubtless) hairy backside? (Exodus 33:22-23)
Tim may have addressed these issues in his book Not Only A Father. In fact I'm sure he has. But despite empathising with his position, and favouring inclusive language, I might take a little convincing that either El or Yahweh weren't conceived as male deities, and rampaged down the ages with girded loins from that point on. It's hard to imagine Jesus thinking any differently about the presence he addressed as 'father'.
Granted, the Good Book doesn't speak with one voice on issues like this. But overall, the dominant voice we hear, at the loudest volume level, is surely the one that assumes a Sky Father, "our father which art in heaven". Whether we like it or not is beside the point. To pretend otherwise is to make these pre-modern texts over into our own post-Enlightenment likeness.
Against such jaded skepticism Tim presents an alternate case in a free online version of his opus which, given some time to do so, I'm interested to dip into. There's also a paperback edition available on Amazon. Too bad he hasn't also surfed the growing e-book wave with editions for Kindle and its lesser brethren... or I'd have already downloaded it in a flash.
So, whatcha think? Does scripture teach - or at least strongly portray - God, or the constituent members of the trinity or binity (depending on your theology) as one or more chaps? Check out the poll in the sidebar.