An unfinished reformation : the persistence of gender-exclusive language in theology and the maintenance of a patriarchal church culture

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dc.contributor.author Van Wyk, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-12T06:41:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-12T06:41:16Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-25
dc.description This research is part of the research project ‘Reconciling diversity’, directed by Dr T. van Wyk, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. It is a revision of a paper titled ‘A “not-so-brief” word about gender: A response to Klaus Nürnberger’s choice of God-language’, presented during the Klaus Nürnberber Symposium in January 2018 at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract For more than four decades, a variety of theologians from different backgrounds and different points of departure have argued that the language we use in reference to God and humanity should be inclusive of different genders and that exclusive language has harmful consequences. Yet, it persists because of, in part, the argument that inclusive language, specifically in reference to God, is forced and awkward and also because it is considered as an existential concern to only a minority. This article examines the persistence of gender-exclusive language in theology as an unfinished dimension of church reformation. This includes the language of theological imagery, metaphors, grammar, theological research, books used to teach theological students, academic papers at conferences, sermons, devotional texts, liturgies and church hymns. In reference to a justification of gender-exclusive language made by theologian Klaus Nürnberger in one of his recent (2016) publications, this article will provide an overview of the issues involved in debate about theology, language and gender in order to illustrate that exclusive language and its effects have become normalised, and therefore it is invisible. Therefore, the time has come for a status confessionis about gender-exclusive language. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND /OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This article brings theological discourse into discussion with linguistic studies, gender studies, hermeneutic studies and theological anthropology. It also explores the relationship between religion and religious language in general. It impacts systematic theological conceptions of ‘God’ and challenges metaphysical descriptions of God. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ve.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Wyk, T., 2018, ‘An unfinished reformation: The persistence of genderexclusive language in theology and the maintenance of a patriarchal church culture’, Verbum et Ecclesia 39(1), a1890. https://DOI.org/10.4102/ve.v39i1.1890. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 10.4102/ve.v39i1.1890
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/68086
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Language en_ZA
dc.subject Gender-exclusive language en_ZA
dc.subject Theology en_ZA
dc.subject Patriarchal church culture en_ZA
dc.subject Church reformation en_ZA
dc.title An unfinished reformation : the persistence of gender-exclusive language in theology and the maintenance of a patriarchal church culture en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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