The Human Truth Foundation

God and Pronouns: God has No Gender

By Vexen Crabtree 2008

#gender #god #new_age #properties_of_god #religion #theism #theology #wicca

Nearly all monotheistic religions refer to God as a "He", as a male father-figure. This is because the creators of those religions were themselves all male1. Modern new religions and movements such as Wicca and the New Age do not fall into the same patriarchal trap. 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.

1. Arguments That God Has No Gender

2. Religions and Beliefs With a Gender-Neutral Divinity

#eckankar #new_age #wicca

It is not popular amongst traditional religionists to use gender-neutral language, because most religion has been patriarchal. But many New Religious Movements and some other obscure corners of Human spirituality buck this trend. In the New Age religion of Eckankar their sacred name for God is Sugmad, which they stress "is neither masculine nor feminine"2. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (an occult magical group founded towards the end of the 19th century) recognized the divine as having feminine aspects as well as male3. Kabbalists (mystics and occultists who indulge in the Kabbalah/Qabbala) teach 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"4.Divinity in Wicca is seen as both male and female (typically as the Horned God and Mother Goddess5), as are the general forces of nature which emanate from the male and female principal6,7, and these two sides complement one another8,9.