BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Delegates of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are to tackle whether to adopt gender-inclusive language for worship of the divine Trinity along with the traditional "Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
A study panel said the classical language for the Trinity shouldn’t be diminished, but advocated "fresh ways to speak of the mystery of the triune God" to "expand the church’s vocabulary of praise and wonder."
One reason is that language limited to the Father and Son "has been used to support the idea that God is male and that men are superior to women," the panel said.
Conservatives object that the church should stick close to the way God is named in the Bible.
Among the feminist-inspired, gender-inclusive options:
– "Mother, Child and Womb"
– "Lover, Beloved, Love"
– "Creator, Savior, Sanctifier"
– "Rock, Redeemer, Friend"
– "King of Glory, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love."
[Via Jay Anderson]
I am scratching my head trying to figure out how "Mother, Child and Womb" would be gender inclusive? I just don’t think people praying "Come womb" or "being filled with the womb" will catch on. Inclusive language is just one of the dumbest reactions to a non-problem there is. We see article after article and books on the fact about the growing gender divide with less and less men attending Church. Yet they see language as what needs to be addressed to bring more women in. Sure getting rid of the usage of Father and Son will really attract more men.
Besides the whole thing is just impolite. I would like to be introduced to one of these inclusive language promoters and when they tell me their name I would after that always refer to them by a totally different name. If they say "but you can call me Joan" I would call them Jim instead. If they complain that I am not using their correct name I would simply tell them "Well God through Holy Scripture has told us how we are to address him and you have decided to call him by something totally different so I’m just doing the same thing."