Why does the Course use exclusively masculine terms?

First off, it is important to note that the masculine terminology does not indicate that God and His creations are literally male. In the Course, the body is said to be a fabrication of the ego, a purely illusory symbol of separation. Gender is purely a body thing. Therefore it has no application either to God or to His creations.

Why, then, is masculine terminology used? We believe this usage is deliberate. It is a prime example of the Course's author filling old terms with new meaning, as mentioned in the previous question. His goal is to evacuate the masculine terms—especially those associated with Christianity, like "Father" or "brother"—of their gender connotation by using them in a non-gender-specific manner. By using only one set of words that apply equally to men and women, he minimizes sexual difference rather than emphasizing it. (There is, however, one feminine reference in the Course: In the Clarification of Terms, we read that "the miracle corrects as gently as a loving mother sings her child to rest" [C-2.8:2].)

One specific example of how this use of language works: The phrase "Son of God" has traditionally been used to refer to Jesus, and only Jesus, as the "only begotten Son of God." It was, and still is, a phrase that emphasizes the uniqueness of Jesus. The Course, in using this phrase to refer to all of us, infuses it with an entirely new meaning that undoes the mistaken historical meaning. If the words were replaced with "daughter of God" or "child of God," that entire corrective aspect would be lost.

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