Can we call God 'Mother'?

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Article Scripture and Theology
In using maternal metaphors for God alongside the paternal ones, we embrace the fullness of God’s love for us.

Most Christians are familiar with referring to God as Father, but can we call God “Mother”? Many places in the Bible and Christian tradition as well as theological voices answer this question affirmatively: God can be referred to as “Mother.” In fact, every recent pope since John Paul I has made some reference to the value of understanding God like a mother.


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