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Inclusive Language Matters

There, we said it. Inclusive language matters. Our concept of God is not limited to one gender. We celebrate both the masculine and feminine traits of our God. Truth be told, there are times when the concept of the motherly love of God just makes us feel good. That’s why inclusive language matters.

We are keen on feminism and feminist interpretations of Scripture. This does not diminish our view of God. It enhances it.

It’s with this understanding of the Gospel that we fully embrace this analysis of various English translations of the Bible in terms of gender bias and patriarchy. If we can free ourselves from historical views, the concept of a motherly God can be quiet comforting. Indeed, Scripture features many references to God in an overtly feminine or motherly nature.

Logically, it makes sense. Mom is often the center and foundation of our family life. Why should our spiritual family be different?

The Bible versions being reviewed include: the Common English Bible (CEB), the New English Translation (NET), the International Standard Version (ISV), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the New International Version (NIV), the English Standard Version (ESV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the King James Version (KJV).

Looking At Scripture

This interpretation of Scripture looks at key concepts:

  • Does the translation use male-dominated language?
  • Does the translation suggest that male authority is the divine will of God?
  • Does this translation portray women in leadership in a questionable light?
  • Does the translation purposefully translate positive female references to a masculine wording?
  • Does the translation presume the overall subservience of women over men?

Inclusive language matters. Read the full analysis here and join us in our commitment to celebrate a God that is not limited by gender roles.

Bible resources that may help you on your path to gender equality can be found here.

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