In Whose Image?

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Aldredge-Clanton exposes the persistent sin of idolatry in limiting God to male and masculine language; she challenges faith to recover female and feminine speech in order to understand the God beyond male and female. In developing this thesis, Aldredge-Clanton has amassed an impressive array of documentation, beginning with Scripture, continuing through church history, and concluding with contemporary experiences of Christian people. An irenic spirit, clear writing, and passionate conviction unite to make this ...

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Overview

Aldredge-Clanton exposes the persistent sin of idolatry in limiting God to male and masculine language; she challenges faith to recover female and feminine speech in order to understand the God beyond male and female. In developing this thesis, Aldredge-Clanton has amassed an impressive array of documentation, beginning with Scripture, continuing through church history, and concluding with contemporary experiences of Christian people. An irenic spirit, clear writing, and passionate conviction unite to make this book accessible and instructive for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824518813
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. The Bible and How We Read It 5
God-Breathed Word 7
Passing Down the Word 12
Interpreting the Word 16
Questions for Discussion 20
2. The Unlimited God of Scripture 22
In the Beginning 24
Other Pictures of God in the Hebrew Bible 26
New Testament Images 33
Questions for Discussion 41
3. How We Got Where We Are 42
The Early Church 44
The Middle Ages 47
The Reformation 52
The Modern Church 56
Questions for Discussion 61
4. Models of Change: If God Can Include Three Persons, Can't God Include Two Genders? 63
Heresy Then and Now 64
Beyond Heresy 71
Questions for Discussion 74
5. God-Language and Self-Esteem in Women 76
When God Is More Than Man 79
When God Is Man 84
Freeing the Spirit Within Women 88
Questions for Discussion 90
6. God-Language and Spirituality in Men 92
The Price Men Pay 94
God Beyond Man 95
Freeing the Spirit Within Men 101
Questions for Discussion 106
7. God-Language and the Church's Future 108
Gender of God and of God's Ministers 109
When God and Humanity Are Liberated 111
Questions for Discussion 120
Epilogue: Beyond God as Male and Female 121
Appendix A Religious Opinion Survey 125
Appendix B Statistical Analysis of t Tests 130
Notes 131
Inclusive Language Resources for the Church 141
Index of Scripture References 143
General Index 147
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