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Men, women, and the need for equality

A Christian Science perspective.

By Barbara Whitewater / March 1, 2012


Because people generally think of God as our Father, it’s easy to think of God as masculine and to equate masculinity with godliness. But Christian Science accepts God as both Father and Mother, acknowledging that both the masculine and feminine equally compose the potency of Spirit. In the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation” (p. 332).

With God as both Father and Mother of all, the feminine and masculine spiritual aspects of the divine shine forth in balanced proportion in His creation. Strength and gentleness, intelligence and grace, abide in equal measure in all His children. That’s why we increasingly see the expression of these attributes commonly exhibited in the roles that modern men and women play in everyday experience.

But this doesn’t mean that God is a giant half-man/half-woman humanoid. Christian Science goes on to define God as not a person but as the supreme life-giving power that is all Truth, Mind, Love. Like the sun shining on everything without any process of physical selection, so God sustains His beloved creation, unconditionally and indiscriminately, through the ceaseless operation of universal divine Love and law.

My defense of spiritual equality begins with the prayer that insists that ALL of God’s children are impartially created as His beloved representatives of all that is good, holy, and useful. With this kind of spiritual perspective, I’ve been able to more clearly assess my worth as a child of God.


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From The Christian Science Monitor