Genderization Of God Research Paper

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Ryan Shumate Kirkland History 121 14 February 2014 God the Father/ God the Mother The Orthodox Church did not believe in the gnostic views of feminine imagery to describe god. Gnostics viewed Mary Magdalene as a very important figure within the disciples of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox Church had always used masculine terms to describe their deity. God is often called God the Father, The Lord, King of Kings and other masculine titles (Pagels). Orthodox Christians most likely rejected feminine descriptions of God due to the strict gender roles of the time. Orthodox women were expected to take on the subordinate role, and Gnostic beliefs contradicted these values. Gnostic holy books often referred to God as both feminine and masculine. The books also suggest that they prayed to both God the Father and the Divine Mother (pagels). This female genderization of God is the primary reason their books were excluded from the New Testament. Those who were in power during this time wanted to ensure that the word of God matched the social values that they believed in. Ever since the story of Adam and Eve women have taken on somewhat of an untrustworthy reputation. Early Jewish texts describe women as the deceiver of man,…show more content…
Christians say that God is not to be described in terms of sex, yet they use a variety of masculine terms to describe God (Pagels). The Mother Mary is recognized for being the mother of Jesus Christ. However she is not believed to be divine in her own right (Pagels). It is almost as if Mary was important because she carried the son of God, but less important than God or Jesus due to the fact that she is still a women. Orthodox Christians of the time viewed women in a primitive manner. Women were meant to bare children and take care of the home. Women were not free to pursue their own interests and were not allowed to hold positions within the church or

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