Comments: Image of God

Wow, Rosemary. Powerful words. I loved this; thank you for something very special this Christmastide. God bless.

Posted by Peter Muir at Thursday, 25 December 2008 at 12:26pm GMT

Superb! Thank you.

Posted by Meg Gilley at Friday, 26 December 2008 at 10:32am GMT

Merry Christmas to all, rights, middles lefts, outsiders, all.

Posted by drdanfee at Friday, 26 December 2008 at 6:57pm GMT

Rosemary, having now read the latest thread on T.A. by Andrew Spurr, I must say that your perspective on the Incarnation Story, has a much more feminine, and therefore heart-warming feel to it. To have been able to evoke the experience of God The Father - as a woman might - is to have bridged a necessary gap in understanding from the more coolly observation angle, to that of one who has 'brought forth' the Saviour of the World.

One of the problems of the present stand-off in the Church between the perspectives of 'female' and 'male' is, I think, the average person's inability to discern a more co-ordinated approach to the complex problem of gender identification. This is perhaps where the LGBT community might be able to provide some insights into the mystery that is at the heart of the possibility of an infinite variety of gender-rated behavioural response. I think at the heart of this is the reluctance to see the person of Jesus as being representatively human - rather than just representatively male. Just a thought! on the difference between male and female perspective.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 28 December 2008 at 6:11am GMT

"This is perhaps where the LGBT community might be able to provide some insights into the mystery that is at the heart of the possibility of an infinite variety of gender-rated behavioural response."

People have to be open to this, though. A large factor in the conservative response to both OOW and gay people is that they are scared to death of any new insights into "an infinite variety of gender related behaviour response". There is only one, traditional, accepted model of such behaviour, and any deviation from that is misguided, sinful, dangerous, or any combination thereof.

Posted by ford Elms at Friday, 2 January 2009 at 3:08pm GMT
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