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Nature of Jesus, Richard Rohr 

Today's email said "Jesus was killed in a collision of cross-purposes...between the demands of an empire and the religious establishment... The cross was the price Jesus paid for living in a “mixed” world, which is both human and divine, simultaneously broken and utterly whole..

Nature of Jesus, Richard Rohr 

..inside of both humanity and divinity, a male body with a feminine soul...holding together all the primary opposites" Most of which made sense to me. But could someone please explain to me what he means about a feminine soul? Does he mean that the soul is feminine or that there was something particularly feminine about Jesus's soul? What is a feminine soul?

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Nature of Jesus, Richard Rohr 

@brandice Some feminist theologians would suggest that Jesus' full humanity and divinity must necessarily transcend gender and sex and so could be understood as androgynous. I think from Rohr's writings that would focus on the Christ (rather than the personhood of a historical Jesus alone) transcending and including all opposites along masculine/feminine/other divisions. I'm working through Sexism and God-talk: Toward a Feminist Theology by Rosemary Radford Ruether

Nature of Jesus, Richard Rohr 

@brandice @EJames @jmgallen I'd love to hear everyone else's insights! What does the feminine soul mean to you? How do you feel or experience the feminine; what emotions rise up when you connect with the feminine? When you think about the feminine or a feminine soul, what traits particularly come to mind? Which of those traits feel not only familiar within femininity, but also in Jesus and Jesus' life?

Nature of Jesus, Richard Rohr 

@brandice @EJames @jmgallen I'm equally curious to know the thoughts on this too: If we as a society & within faith begin to view gender as a spectrum instead of viewing it through the lens of dualistic thinking, what permission can that grant us? To be our full selves in the way Christ created us to be? If we all had the opportunity to embrace the spectrum of identity within our souls, how might that change us and our world for the better? What traits might we see?

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