I have recently read in a book about some debate around the fact that God is considered a masculine figure (He/His) and that we should find gender neutral of expressing the same ideas.
In my native language it is very hard to do this (God is a masculine noun and it is also derived from Domine Deus which also sounds masculine).
However, English has the advantage of having "it". According to Wordnick, "it" usage guide is also:
Used of a nonhuman entity; an animate being whose sex is unspecified (..)
It sounds like a good fit, but I am wondering if this is ever appropriate or even offensive.
Questions: What are some of the mainstream theological views on this? Secondly, what about the Biblical basis for doing so, is it specifically forbidden? Do any denominations do this in practice?