|Two men and a bird|
In my first lecture I set out to underline that God is beyond gender. This is one of those truths that every theologically literate person affirms, but which many fail to actually state in their teaching, so that in churches and classrooms people do not understand/believe it. Some Conservative teaching about gender roles in church and home also seems to deny it... The extent of this reticence to accept a core Christian idea... suggests that we have a BIG education job to undertake. (Read the full post)Yup, very big! I'd like to suggest that while the language of our Bibles and liturgies - not to mention the imagery and art of our foundational myths - remains uncompromisingly rooted in the Sky Father/Odin/Zeus mould, it's going to continue to be an uphill battle. The question is, is this perception so systemic that it cannot be excised without killing the patient? Can any re-education programme succeed without unravelling another "core Christian idea" which proclaims God as "two men and a bird".
These concerns are hardly restricted to the wacky conservative fringe.
Sadly the popularity of poor quality, reactionary Bible translations like the ESV (which touts itself as 'scholarly') merely push the barrow further back down the slope.