From the January/February, 2001 issue of Touchstone
Rays of Fatherhood Shining Forth by John W. Miller

Rays of Fatherhood Shining Forth

Why We Call God “Father”: Biblical & Cultural Considerations

by John W. Miller

Among the many changes sweeping over the world in this century, few are as fraught with cultural and spiritual significance as the changes occurring in our god-language. After a forty-year war against calling God “Father,” waged by feminist theologians in the name of gender equality, male gender language for God, once taken for granted, is now avoided or rejected by growing numbers of people inside and outside the churches.1 God is increasingly referred to simply as “God.” For some, the word God itself is taboo. In a recent book, a l . . .


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