Gender-neutral names for God look so innocuous. What could be wrong with baptizing in the name of “Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier”?
As Paul would say, much in every way. To name the First Person as “Creator” is to name him in relation to the world, and so too with “Redeemer” and “Sanctifier” for the Second and Third Person. But God isn’t defined by the creation. He’s defined by himself, which is why the First Person must be named in relation to One who is also God.
Gender-neutral names deny the freedom of God; they attack the God-ness of God, and as such, they are idolatrous.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Pot Calling Kettle
Dunker Journal links approvingly to these comments by Peter J. Leithart in Touchstone Magazine: