The divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have instructed their professors to start using more “inclusive” language when referring to God because the masculine pronouns “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy.”
For example: This year’s divinity course catalog at Vanderbilt tells professors to give “consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” because the school “commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism.”
“It is up to the individual professor’s interpretation for their classes and is suggestive rather than mandatory,” the associate dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt’s divinity school, Melissa Snarr, said in an e-mail to Heat Street.
Now, that may sound generous, but in many cases, it’s really not up to the professor. For example, if we are talking about the Christian God, every single reference to Him in the Bible uses a masculine pronoun . . . which kind of gives you the vibe that Christians have decided that their god is a 'He.' The fact is, teaching anything else would be giving inaccurate information -- which is what makes Duke’s guidelines even more absurd.
According to Heat Street, Duke’s particular divinity school is “geared toward people already working in the Methodist church, taking supplemental weekend or summer classes.” Yes, “Methodist,” as in the Christian religion that has already completely, officially, 100 percent decided that their God is masculine. Adventists have, anyway.
Duke’s guidelines suggest avoiding gender specific pronouns when discussing Him and suggest using “God” and “Godself” instead.
You heard it right -- “Godself.”
The great thing about America is that your religion can be whatever you choose it to be. But then the crazies weigh in. If, in their eyes, God is a woman or genderfluid or a toaster oven, then you can totally refer to God as being a woman or genderfluid or a toaster oven. It's all good bro--literally no one is stopping you. In fact, there is an entire Constitution protecting your right to worship His Holiness Microwave if that’s how you want to live your life. But if you are talking about the God of the Christian religion, then it’s just plain inaccurate to refer to The Father as anything but “Him.” It would be like teaching a class on Abraham Lincoln and calling him “she.”
There is a point where obsession over political correctness just plain blinds people from basic facts. You can call me an old-fashioned mouse, but I really do believe that facts are still the way to go. And truth!