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    Monday, June 19, 2006

    Presbyterians... OK I know they're only 'discussing' it

    But still, who there is nutty enough to want to discuss it?


    Delegates of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are to tackle whether to adopt gender-inclusive language for worship of the divine Trinity along with the traditional "Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

    One reason is that language limited to the Father and Son "has been used to support the idea that God is male and that men are superior to women," the panel said.

    Among the feminist-inspired, gender-inclusive options:

    • "Lover, Beloved, Love"

    • "Rock, Redeemer, Friend"

    Our Lover who art in heaven... Rocky for short.

    Some worldviews know no shame. Not to mention heavenly views.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    By a vote of 56% to 42% with 2% abstaining, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA has officially adopted " "Mother, Child and Womb"" as examples of names that can be substituted for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!!!!!

    This happened minutes ago.

    June 19, 2006  
    Blogger Joseph said...

    That is so crazy, you will forgive me if I wait to confirm that before believing it.

    The Pentecost sequence can say "Come O Holy Womb Come"?

    Too absurd.

    June 19, 2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I can remember many Sunday mornings as a boy in the Sunday School classes of Presbyterian Churches, my father a choir member. Those memories have only a nostagic significance now, my having abandoned Protestantism for Catholicism roughly twenty years ago and for reasons not a little connected with the same sort of silliness that's being reported here.

    The Church's age-old use of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as names for the Persons Of God is, in itself, given of revelation, not simply the choice of a patriarchal social order regnant
    in the first century. What is being recommenced for consumption here is the God of another faith, purely and simply, and it speaks volumes about the trajectory of the Reformation and it's reduction of the faith into either elitist psychobable or fundamentalist parentalism. I feel badly for Presbyterians everywhere.

    John Lowell

    June 22, 2006  

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