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Reply to "The Holy Spirit Was Originally The Feminine Side Of God"

You may also want to look at references in the Hebrew tradition for the Shekinah. It means the radiance or glory of God amongst God's people, and it is traditionally understood as feminine as well.

Further, for you comparativist out there, some people see parallels between Shekinah and shakti , the feminine energy or force associated with Hindu deities.

Most of the scholarship I am familiar with would suggest that this understanding of God more closely parallels the Christian notion of the Holy Spirit of the Paraclete.

Sophia as wisdom actually has much closer ties to the Logos. It is interesting then in Christianity, e.g. the Johanine tradition, that the Logos becomes associated with the Christ. There are a number of Christian feminist who therefore understand Christ as Christa, i.e. feminine. Christ here is not synonymous with a historical Jesus who was biologically male. The feminine dimension of the divine is a theological and ontological issue, not a biological one.
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