From the January/February, 2001 issue of Touchstone
The Father Almighty, Maker of Male & Female by Paul C. Vitz

The Father Almighty, Maker of Male & Female

A Psychologist Looks at the Importance of God the Father for Male & Female Identity

by Paul C. Vitz

It is widely recognized today that the Christian concept of God as Father is under attack. Specifically, various religious writers, primarily feminists, have proposed that God should be called Mother, or possibly the androgynous Father/Mother or Mother/Father. In some instances the term God as Parent has been proposed. In contrast, this paper will explore the psychological case for the orthodox understanding of God as Father. Obviously, this is a sensitive subject today—but where angels fear to tread, psychologists rush in. . . .


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