Episode 172 The Gender of God, Part 2 with Amy Peeler
So many people loved Part 1 and so we are back with Part 2.
There is a lot of talk about gender today. Some people introduce themselves along with their pronouns (in my case: his, him). The pronouns give you a sense of how people understand their genders. According to some websites, there are over fifty genders.
Well, what does this focus on gender have to do with God? Does God have a gender too?
In the Holy Bible, the pronouns of God are rendered masculine because it does reflect the original languages of the Scriptures: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. But does God really have a gender?
In this podcast we explore the concept of “The Gender of God.” This is part one of the podcast. Our special guest is Dr. Amy Peeler.
Who Is Amy Peeler?
Amy Peeler is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. She has been in that position twelve years. Dr. Peeler is well known as a wonderful researcher and writer.
Amy has spent a good deal of time writing about the book of Hebrews. She is also a minister at an Episcopal Church near Wheaton, IL.
Recently she wrote a book entitled Women and the Gender of God. It has attracted a lot of attention. She hopes to help women find a more meaningful place in the Church today.
The Gender of God
The audio for this podcast is taken from a radio show co-hosted by David Capes called A Show of Faith on AM 1070 The Answer Houston.
On this show are David and two co-hosts Father Mario Arroyo, Catholic priest, at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church in Houston, and Rudy Kong, a millennial theology student who works in the space industry.
This episode is focused on the book written by Dr. Peeler which deals with the question of gender as it relates to God.
She dives deeply into the Christian tradition, across the ages, in order to construct a productive way toward thinking about God.
Is God male or is God genderless? Might God be beyond gender? Is God the fullness of both genders?
In this podcast Father Mario mentions another book by Abigail Favale, The Genesis of Gender Published by Ignatius Press, 2022. It is written from the Catholic perspective. Both books seem like marvelous studies of the topic.
Stay tuned for Part Two next week!
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