Revisiting Gender-Inclusive God-Talk: A New, Wesleyan Argument

Philosophy and Theology 20 (1/2):243-263 (2008)

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J. Aaron Simmons
Furman University
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Though academic debate over gender-inclusive God-talk seems to have fizzled, the issue is a pressing one within many Christiandenominations today—both within and outside the Church—and for that reason deserves to be briefly revisited. Accordingly, althoughin this essay we approach the issue as professional philosophers, our focus is on the life of the Church—more specifically, those no doubt sizable segments of the Church for which a personal God and Satan exist and evangelism matters. Running an elimination argument, we contend that if a certain sort of feminist concern about traditional God-talk is well-directed, the best response is to speak of not only God but also Satan in both masculine and feminine terms. And in closing, we address the possible worry that this response to the God-talk problem would not be Christian enough.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI philtheol2008201/211
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