Expansive language presses against the limits of the worst habits of our theological imaginations, especially, for instance, assuming we know what a word like “father” means.
Scripture is replete with genealogies. Indeed, the Bible as a whole could be called one great genealogical narrative.
Our simplest words can become idols.
It is possible to pray with, to, and within the Trinity using biblical language and yet without words that have masculine and patriarchal overtones in common English usage. Pray, I suggest, in the name of the one God: Abba, Christ, and Holy Spirit.
Our beloved BCP takes us, every morning, right to the heart of the most vital and serious of theological issues.
Have Christians every believed God is an old man in the sky? And do we need to revise our liturgy because of this?
We have the word of Jesus to rely upon: he and the Father are one, that the Holy Spirit will come among us, that we now have the glorious gift of calling God Our Father.
If children to ask William Jones what the sun is, he would tell them that it is a figure of Christ that teaches Christians to walk in the light.