Religion: Desexing the Bible

"Pray to God; she will hear us," runs the standard feminist gibe at "sexism" in the churches. More churchmen, as well as churchwomen, are beginning to agree that there is something to gibe about. Despite the array of strong women in the Old Testament and Jesus' easy assumption of sexual equality in the New, they contend that paternalistic traditions and the very language of faith need to be revised.

A task force established by Reform Jewish synagogues in the New York City area is proposing widespread linguistic changes in the liturgy. It suggests, among other things, dropping the masculine (and biblical) words...

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