The Gender of God: Judeo-Christian Feminist Debates

  • Francis Britto


The cover of Sex and God (Hurcombe, 1987) features a provocative painting. It is the figure of a squatting human, having a flowing, triangular beard, a drooping belly, sagging breasts and four curvy hands. On this creature’s head is another human face perched amidst matted locks of hair, and between its legs juts out yet another human face, surrounded by what could be taken as the main figure’s pubic hair. An explanatory comment inside the cover reads that the figure visualizes ‘the bodily birth (God as Mother of the entire fabric of creation) and the mental birth (God as the Father of the creative mind which must be “spoken” for ideas to be born)’ (p. ii). Orthodox Christians may find the picture blasphemous and disturbing, but more and more women are being drawn to such images of God in place of the traditional grandfatherly image propagated by Judeo-Christian religions.1


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