In Whose Image?: God and Gender

In Whose Image?: God and Gender

by Jann Aldredge-Clanton


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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 book accessible and instructive for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824518813
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Bible and How We Read It5
God-Breathed Word7
Passing Down the Word12
Interpreting the Word16
Questions for Discussion20
2.The Unlimited God of Scripture22
In the Beginning24
Other Pictures of God in the Hebrew Bible26
New Testament Images33
Questions for Discussion41
3.How We Got Where We Are42
The Early Church44
The Middle Ages47
The Reformation52
The Modern Church56
Questions for Discussion61
4.Models of Change: If God Can Include Three Persons, Can't God Include Two Genders?63
Heresy Then and Now64
Beyond Heresy71
Questions for Discussion74
5.God-Language and Self-Esteem in Women76
When God Is More Than Man79
When God Is Man84
Freeing the Spirit Within Women88
Questions for Discussion90
6.God-Language and Spirituality in Men92
The Price Men Pay94
God Beyond Man95
Freeing the Spirit Within Men101
Questions for Discussion106
7.God-Language and the Church's Future108
Gender of God and of God's Ministers109
When God and Humanity Are Liberated111
Questions for Discussion120
Epilogue: Beyond God as Male and Female121
Appendix AReligious Opinion Survey125
Appendix BStatistical Analysis of t Tests130
Inclusive Language Resources for the Church141
Index of Scripture References143
General Index147

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