Lacewing wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:37 am
Immanuel Can wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:20 pm
If God actually exists, He isn't assigned a gender by us
...it's the other way around.
Then where does the gender identification come from (if not from humans), and why would a god need a gender?
My point is just that IF the Supreme Being exists, then nobody would have "assigned" anything to Him. He would not even have "assigned" it to Himself. It would be a claim about His fundamental nature, and our conception of two genders would be a contingent product of His creating.
In other words, He assigned US gender...we didn't "assign" Him anything.
However, IF it were the other way around, the way Nietzsche thought it was, for example, and God is merely a human invention, then it doesn't at all matter what gender we "assign" Him, because He wouldn't then exist anyway...and association with the "gender" artificially assigned to this fictive creation of human culture would not impart to maleness any special status -- nor would its disassociation with the feminine represent any substantial injustice to femaleness. Your question would amount to no more than, "Why is Santa Claus male?"
And then, who cares? It's no great loss to anybody if he is.
So if the "maleness" of God has any "impact" at all on human genders, as your question supposes, then you would also have to be supposing God actually exists. Otherwise, it doesn't matter a whit. Why complain about what is done in pure fiction?
If your objection has any "teeth," it can only be on the supposition that God actually
exists...and the injustice, then, is that men are "assigning" to Him a quality He does not actually have. If, on the other hand, nobody has "assigned" God His "gender," then you can't really complain...and that would inevitably be the case if God does actually exist.
So what are you supposing here? That God exists? Then whatever "gender" He has, He has. That God does not actually exist? Then what are you complaining about?
Thus, the question needs some clarification as to its suppositional basis.