The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


God and gender

Is God male, female, both, neither ... ?

The article "Jottings on retirement" (October) raises a question. Stephen Schmidt's thoughts about retirement were thought-provoking until I reached his reference to God as "she." What is the ELCA position on whether God should be addressed as he or she?

William E. Schirmer
Carlisle, Pa.

I can find no reference in Scripture where God is referred to as a feminine deity. There are plenty of references where God is called "he." I can't begin to know God with my limited human mind. Jesus is truly God and was truly man. So I see God through the person of Jesus, and there's no question about his masculinity or his divinity.

Robert Haeberle
New Philadelphia, Ohio

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