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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Gender and the Image of God

Gerald Hiestand, on his blog iustificare, has started a series on Gender and the Image of God. He concludes Part 1 as follows:
In as much as the TNIV strives for clarity—so be it. But I worry that in its aim for clarity, the egalitarian bent of the TNIV has inadvertently obscured an element of Trinitarian thought that is of great worth and beauty. Consequently, in the next number of posts I will be laying out my arguments against the use of gender inclusive language, suggesting that there is a correlation between Trinitarian theology and the use of masculine-representative language.
It will be interesting to see how he develops this thought. I have already commented:
From what I can tell (as an evangelical and a Bible translator with a theology degree) there is no correlation between the Trinity and gender.
- with some further explanation in the comment.

Hiestand is obviously interested in justification in the theological sense, but I am more interested in seeing a justification in the non-theological sense of this theological point.


At Thu Dec 01, 03:24:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

I have never though of God as "male" in the sense that we think of maleness.

The use of "He," "Him," "His," etc., seems to me to have been a convention of convenience.


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