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God in the Mirror of Sex Category and Gender. An Empirical-Theological Approach To Representations of God

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Most findings of previous empirical studies on sex-typed or gendered God representations depict the bipolar structure of femaleness versus maleness. This leads one to ask whether these findings reproduce the common sex/gender system. In this article a two-dimensional model of sex category and gender will be developed that is not based on this system. It takes sex category and gender as two modes of perception and representation within the discourse of sex and gender, sex category representing a bipolar form of logic, gender a manifold one. This model offers an approach towards God representations that is rooted theoretically in recent gender studies and conceptually covers all conceivable types of representations within the discourse of sex and gender. Two examples – a qualitative and a quantitative one – demonstrate the empirical utility of this model: The findings do not reproduce the sex/gender system.


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