Is It Okay to Call God Mother: Considering the Feminine Face of God  -     By: Paul R. Smith
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Is It Okay to Call God Mother: Considering the Feminine Face of God

Baker Academic / 1993 / Paperback

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An honest and informed argument for using feminine language for God

Admitting the controversial nature of the topic, Paul Smith makes a case for introducing feminine language into congregational worship. Building his presentation on Scripture, he shows that the church can have a deeper understanding of God when we call him both Father and Mother. Smith makes clear he is not seeking to undermine the authority of Scripture, create controversy, replace calling God "Father" with "Mother," nor create a sort of goddess religion. Instead, Is It Okay to Call God Mother seeks to expand the church's understanding of the image of God and make it more meaningful, to show that calling God Mother is beneficial to the church, and to demonstrate the need for the church to recognize both the masculine and feminine face of God in worship.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801047692
ISBN-13: 9780801047695
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Author Bio

Southern Baptist minister Paul R. Smith has served Broadway Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, for thirty years. Leading the church toward spiritual renewal and innovation, Smith also teaches and ministers widely on church renewal.

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This book is a tour de force. It is simply magnificent--witty, scholarly, profoundly persuasive, blunt, prophetic, and convicting this slow-to-believe disciple all over the place.
-Brennan Manning

I'm not sure what to make of it all, but Paul Smith gives the best arguments I have ever come across for calling God Mother. For anyone struggling with how far we should go in using inclusive language, this is "must" reading.
-Tony Campolo,
Eastern College

With tender power and wit, Paul Smith challenges the church to biblical fidelity and justice in its worship language. How encouraging it is to hear an evangelical male voice affirm the necessity of feminine images of God! This outstanding book so clearly and convincingly demonstrates the biblical imperative for inclusive God-language that the Christian community can no longer ignore it.
-Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Ph.D.,
Chaplain, Baylor University Medical Center

In the often difficult debate over language and God, this is a thoughtful and productive contribution to this important and complex subject.
-Dr. Roberta Hestenes,
President of Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania

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    So the title gives away the premise of the book - is it okay to call God "Mother"? The author, Paul Smith, would answer with a resounding 'yes' to that question and does a very good job outlining why throughout the book. He addresses such topics as our use of language in talking about God and Scripture that we may not realize exists on this topic. Overall it is a good defense of his position - even if you think this is a terrible idea, this book will hopefully raise some questions for you and get you thinking a little bit about how we understand the character of God and how that affects our theology and how we view and talk to others. While I don't agree with all of Smith's conclusions, I did preach upon some of these ideas once and made it a point to not refer to God in masculine terminology. It proved to be more challenging than I expected!
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