"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."  (New International Version)

For people who like to take the Bible literally, that must be a difficult verse. Do they imagine a God who looks just like them? Do they imagine a multi-colored God who is male and female? Is God an old white man with a flowing beard who sits on a throne in the clouds, garbed in pastel draperies?

Coming out of the feminist movement, many women had trouble with the concept of God, the Father.  Many Churches have embraced inclusive language although, whenever I hear the tune for the Doxology, I want to sing: "Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost". Of course, I don't think of God as male or female and certainly not as an old white man with a flowing beard who sits on a throne in the clouds.

We have many books in the library whose authors were looking at religion from a feminist perspective. Here are some:

Gender, power, and promise : the subject of the Bible's first story /Fewell, Danna Nolan   222.06 FEW

A God who looks like me : discovering a woman-affirming spirituality /Reilly, Patricia Lynn   200.82 REI

The Gospel according to woman : Christianity's creation of the sex war in the West /Armstrong, Karen  270 ARM

In memory of her : a feminist theological reconstruction of Christian origins /Schèussler Fiorenza, Elisabeth   270.1 FIO

Defecting in place : women claiming responsibility for their own spiritual lives /Winter, Miriam Therese   248.8 WIN

Sexism and God-talk : toward a feminist theology /Ruether, Rosemary Radford   191.2 RUE

Womanspirit rising : a feminist reader in religion /291.082 WOM

Womanword: a feminist lectionary and psalter: women of the New Testament/Winter, Miriam Therese   264 WIN

Women and religion : a feminist sourcebook of Christian thought /Clark, Elizabeth A   261.8 CLA

Women at the well : feminist perspectives on spiritual direction /Fischer, Kathleen R.   253.5 FIS

A call to action : women, religion, violence, and power /Carter, Jimmy   323.34 CAR

Texts of terror : literary-feminist readings of Biblical narratives /Trible, Phyllis   221.9 TRI

Violence against women in contemporary world religion: roots and cures/Maguire, Daniel C.   200.82 MAG

The woman's Bible /Stanton, Elizabeth Cady   220.5 WOM

Women's Bible commentary /220.7 WOM

Inclusive language hymns /782.27 INC