Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:27

The Church of Sweden has decided to use gender-neutral terms to refer to God

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The Church of Sweden will replace “he” and “Lord” from services, hymns and publishings with gender-neutral terms. This decision provoked a lot of reactions.

Sweden is the first country to have listed a gender-neutral pronoun in its dictionary. Since 2015, you can see the term "hen", which is a gender-neutral pronoun, next to "han" which means "he" and "hon" which means "she".

“Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human," Archbishop Jackelen said to Swedish news agency TT.

Archbishop Jackelen heads the Church of Sweden. Yes, it's run by a woman! It's the most popular church in Sweden. It has 6.1 million followers, more than half of the country's inhabitants.

The Church of Sweden will introduce this gender-neutral directive on May 20, 2018, on the Christian holiday of Pentecost.

This decision caused a lot of reactions but especially a lot of misunderstandings. I read a lot of comments from people who clearly don't understand gender. I read things like, "So now God is a woman."

They are so stuck in their binary system so if God is not a man then God is a woman or a hermaphrodite person. I read that too.

In fact, here God is not a man and God is not a woman either. In the same way that God doesn't have a skin color, a specific figure, or others.

The Church of Sweden goes into gender-neutral mode from 2018. Get over it!

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