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Why Godde? – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Aug 072010
 

After I posted my new About Me page, two different people wanted to know why I use Godde instead of God and thought a link should be added to explain the term. One of the challenges The SITS Girls Building a Better Blog Challenge is to answer readers’ questions, so I thought this would be a perfect time to post on why I use the word Godde.

Why Godde and not God? Godde is combination of God and Goddess to show that the Divine transcends gender: Godde is neither male nor female and both male and female since Godde created both men and women in the image of Godde. I believe that  Godde is Mother as well as Father. Instead of using the standard Lord that’s used to translate Yahweh in the Hebrew Scriptures, I use Sophia-Yahweh or Sophia. I will lean more towards feminine references to Godde on my blog as masculine references are just about all you hear in church and society to refer to Godde. I use exclusively feminine pronouns for Godde for this reason as well. You’ll be seeing Sophia and Mother a lot on this blog, and I hope it doesn’t offend you. I hope it will help you to see Godde in new ways and start to walk on new paths with this Godde who cries out like a woman in labor to bring forth her people and nurses them at her own breast (Deut. 32:18, Psalm 22:10; 131:2; Isaiah 42:14; 49:15; 66:13).

Thank you Selena and Margaret for the question!

Do you have any questions that I can answer in future blog posts? If I answer your question I will link to your blog (unless you want to be anonymous).

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  8 Responses to “Why Godde?”

  1. I haven’t seen Godde used before, but I’m very familiar with the use of Sophia. My daughter’s Godmother is an Episcopal priest who often talks about Sophia. The term Godde makes sense since it definitely reflects more dimensions of the Divine. I found you through SITS 31DBBB.

    • Thank you for stopping by Deb. I plan to go visit your blog today (Monday). I hope you have a good week!

  2. Very interesting, Shawna. I’ve never heard of Sophia being used either. Perhaps that is another subject for you in the future.

    • I’m just now starting to write about the Divine Feminine, and I would be happy to write about Sophia in the near future. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Found your blog via Blog Frog discussion and am looking forward to reading more about your thoughts on religion. Thanks for answering the question about the use of “Godde” – interesting reasoning!

  4. […] my readers would like me to write about any specific topics that would help you in your walks with Godde. Ally said she wanted to know about devotional practices: the things we do to walk closer to Godde […]

  5. […] church, I heard some about the women of the Bible. Not much. Just enough to tell me that Godde’s will for me was to grow up, get married, and have kids. That’s what Christian women did. […]

  6. […] witness of two groups of early Christians somehow trumps the majority witness of the Bible that Godde uses women to be judges, prophets, deacons, evangelists, and apostles. Many of these women appear […]

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