What We Mean When We Say God is Father

What We Mean When We Say God is Father

If you're interested or inclined to, please join me as I entertain this question in a systematically unsystematic fashion.  At least I'll start and we'll see where we get.


  1. This approaches the question from a different angle, but consider the following: The earliest Hebrew texts were written by people in a culture wherein the father (the male) was the superior decision-maker and leader within the small, family oriented tribal society, and the mother (the female) was secondary, with specifically limited roles and opportunities. So, from a cultural anthropological view, God as Father was the only trope that made sense. Why we persist in the gendering of God remains the larger question, and I defer to others for the answers to that one.


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