Gender is a big issue people sometimes have with The Shack, so I think it’s worth talking about in this forum. Something I’ve been thinking about in that vein:
Boys are often taught to behave in masculine ways, and girls taught to behave feminine ways. But does this cultural practice fit with Trinitarian theology? I have read and much appreciated Garry Deddo‘s work regarding Trinitarian relations as they relate to human genderedness. The argument I hear him making (and someone please tell me if I’m misunderstanding) is that the Father gives, the Son receives, and the Holy Spirit mediates and harmonizes this relationship. And that this is what finds expression in our in-God’s-image humanity as men behaving masculinely and women behaving femininely, and the Holy Spirit harmonizing the relation between the two. Deddo writes:
“If there is a defect in masculinity it is not that it needs to have an inner balance with a feminine side or vice versa. The healing of a wounded masculinity calls for becoming more masculine as God intends, not become something other than it is, feminine. The same would be true for women.”
I understand Gary to be saying that ultimately, boys should act like boys and girls should act like girls. But does Papa only give (masculine)? Does the Son only receive (feminine)? Do they restrict themselves to just one mode of relating to each other? Do they come even close to that? Are they even “mostly” one or the other?
My thoughts are still in-process here, but my intuition right now is that a proper Trinitarian theology will lead us to dispense with the cultural belief that “Boys should act this way, and girls should act that way.”
What do you think?