Subject: God and Gender A subject that I find intriguing is the whole question of a gender

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From: Jim Mork Subject: God and Gender A subject that I find intriguing is the whole question of a gender for God. Science, as we have known it since the Renaissance, has discovered that gender is a particular strategy for reproducing life that is not even employed at all levels of biological complexity. Very simple life forms use fission or conjugation instead. Some plants do it for themselves, being "both sexes". Or rather, if they *are* both sexes, then aren't they really neither. If you are a plant that join some of your cells with others to reproduce, do you really *have* a gender? Yet, in spite of all this, Christians, Jews, Moslems, and perhaps some other religions want to believe in God the Father. And some misguided feminist rebels want to believe in God the Mother (two lies make a truth, right?) Some of the great contributions of the last 20 years when the feminist movement has impacted our society has been the growing realization that even our own gender is mostly a cultural artifact. Consider the discovery that all humans begin as "females" and only become "males" when the DNA issues an instruction in early fetal development. Or the fact that we all have both estrogen and testosterone. And that it isnt just a curious residue of the fetal stage but vital to our sex drives. And some have extrapolated from that to believe that if our male gender model permitted it, we would all have a "maternal instinct". The language limits us and without those limiations, wouldnt it make sense, in the end, to stop talking "male and female" for most functions other than intercourse? If a tree can live without gender...and if there IS a God, why cannot this God, whom we assume created the tree, live without gender. Is this some sort of human arrogance to inject our problems into the divine realm? Is it more evidence that God is a figment of our imagination? That whatever God exists is not at all like what we imagine? Why does this image hold onto us so powerfully in an age when we so clearly know it makes no sense? Not that there aren't dissenting voices. I think most modern theology has tended to drag us away from such regressive thinking. But thinkers like Schaef have said our kind of society survives on illusions and denials, absorbing even foreign matter as food from movements that are born to overthrow it. Is there some point where neurosis is simply stronger than knowledge?

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