Divinity School Told to Use Gender-Neutral Terms for God

The use of gender-neutral language for references to God is being promoted at two of America’s top divinity schools.

Students at the divinity school of Duke University have been given “inclusive language” guidelines which advise the use of “God” and “Godself” instead of he and him.

Duke Divinity School’s guidelines state that “the exclusive use of either masculine or feminine pronouns for God should be avoided.”

‘Father’ and ‘woman’
The guidelines claim to serve “as a beginning point for developing a more inclusive language about God”.

Professors are also encouraged to use gender-neutral metaphors to refer to God. For example, they could say: “God is the father who welcomes his son, but she is also the woman searching for the lost coin.”

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