Thursday, September 19, 2013
We must learn to speak the name of the Goddess
“Many feminist theologians and thealogians insist that the masculine images of God will not be transformed unless we can (also) imagine God as “she.” Jewish feminist theologian Judith Plaskow argues that we must learn to speak the name of the Goddess: “The deep resistance called forth by her naming indicates that the needs she answered are still with us. It is precisely because she is not distant that the goddess needs to be recognized as a part of God.” Unless and until the God we have known can (also) be called “Goddess,” the specter of the male God will still be with us...
...Images of the Goddess help to break the hold of “male control” that has shaped our images not only of God, but of all significant power in the universe. This insight of the Goddess, both verbal and visual, before it settles fully into the body and mind.”
~Carol Christ, from: Rebirth of the Goddess
Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes