Take the 2-minute tour ×
Christianity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

According to some people calling God 'Father', without adding that God is also Mother, unfairly exalts one image for God above all others and ignores the culturally conditioned nature of all our images of God, but Ratzinger said:

Christianity is not a philosophical speculation; it is not a construction of our mind. Christianity is not 'our' work; it is a Revelation; it is a message that has been consigned to us, and we have no right to reconstruct it as we like or choose. Consequently, we are not authorized to change the Our Father into an Our Mother: the symbolism employed by Jesus is irreversible; it is based on the same Man-God relationship he came to reveal to us.

My question is: Do Protestant churches have the same or a different perspective on this matter?

share|improve this question
4  
I'd say the answer is "yes" for the vast majority. There are, as always, fringe groups that would answer "no". There's just so much variety of beliefs out there that I don't think it'd be valid to answer "for all Protestants". As for providing an answer for "most" protestant denominations, to gather a list of all of the affirmatives would be an incredible undertaking, so it would be difficult to provide a well-sourced answer. –  David Stratton Dec 1 '13 at 22:18
    
"Protestant churches" is too wide a spectrum to provide a single answer. –  Flimzy Dec 1 '13 at 22:20
    
This is less a Catholic-Protestant thing than Conservative-whacked out, I mean liberal thing. –  Affable Geek Dec 3 '13 at 2:13

1 Answer 1

While I cannot and would not be so bold as to try to answer your question as it asks about a generalization of protestant belief, I wish to point out that Jesus in the LORD's prayer; as translated in the King James version, used the original word:

πατήρ pater (pat-ayr') n. 1. a "father" {literally or figuratively, near or more remote} [apparently a primary word] KJV: father, parent

which can be translated as the genderless word "parent" as opposed to the word:

Ἀββᾶ Abba (ab-bah`) n/p. 1. (vocatively) father {referring to or addressing one's father} [of Chaldee origin (H2)] KJV: Abba

Which is a definitive reference to the male parent.

share|improve this answer
    
I edit your answer to made it more readable :) –  Elberich Schneider Dec 7 '13 at 19:11
    
@ Elbrich Schneider That is ok, but do you think it is worth either an up or down vote. –  Bye Dec 7 '13 at 19:33
    
surely an upvote, as ever. –  Elberich Schneider Dec 7 '13 at 19:35

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.