Outcry as clergy say calling God ‘He’ or ‘Lord’ encourages wife-beating | the Daily Mail
The argument goes that referring to God with male pronouns is quite naughty now and we must sensitively neuter the language to avoid such a thing. Here is a story that throws a cup of cold water on this whole line of reasoning.
Quote from the story:
In new guidelines for bishops and priests on such abuse, they blamed
"uncritical use of masculine imagery" for encouraging men to behave
violently towards women. They also warned that clergy must reconsider the language they use in
sermons and check the hymns they sing to remove signs of male
oppression. The recommendation – fully endorsed by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr
Rowan Williams – puts a question mark over huge swathes of Christian
teaching and practice. It throws doubt on whether the principal Christian prayer should
continue to be known as the Lord’s Prayer and begin ‘Our Father’. It means well-loved hymns such as Fight the Good Fight and Onward Christian Soldiers may be headed for the dustbin. The rules also throw into question the role of the Bible by calling for
reinterpretations of stories in which God uses violence.