God and Pronouns: God has No Gender

By Vexen Crabtree 2008 Jan 01

God: It Has No Gender

The gender of god, or the determination of which gendered pronoun we should use, is one of the major illogical assumptions about God that people frequently make. God has no gender. It does not reproduce. It makes no sense biologically, sexually or culturally to call the creator of all genders and species by the particular gender of a particular species. He and She are appropriate pronouns for species with two sexes, not for the God of the Universe. We have no right to assume to call God by any gender based on the characteristics of human roles. God is not a "He" or a "She", but an It.

It is not popular amongst religionists to use gender-neutral language. The New Age religion of Eckankar is one of the few examples: their sacred name for God is Sugmad, which they stress "is neither masculine nor feminine"1.

Kabbalists stressed that En Sof was neither male nor female. It was an 'It' that became a 'Thou' to the mystic at the end of the process of emanation.

"A Short History of Myth: Volume 1-4" by Karen Armstrong (2005)2

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By Vexen Crabtree 2008 Jan 01
Originally published 2006 Feb 01
Last Updated: 2013 Jun 07
http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/god_pronouns.html

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Armstrong, Karen
A Short History of Myth: Volume 1-4 (2005). Kindle edition 2008. First published in Great Britain in 2005 by Canongate Books Ltd.

Eckankar
Eckankar: Ancient Wisdom for Today (1995). Subtitled ""How past lives, dreams, and Soul Travel help you find God"". First published 1993 (I think). Published by ECKANKAR, Minneapolis, USA.

Footnotes

  1. Eckankar (1995) p11. Added to this page on 2013 Jun 07.^
  2. Armstrong (2005) Footnote 99. Added to this page on 2013 Jun 07.^

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