I came across this painting* by Harmonia Rosales, a Chicago artist, with the title The Creation of God, reworking Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. It reminded me of the depiction of God in the 2017 film The Shack, where Octavia Spencer is in the role of God – but God as Mother. She brings warmth, humour and strength to the role and conveys these ideas about God. In Rosales’ painting, I like how the God figure is painted with white hair to convey ancientness – not age that has shrivelled the skin and depleted strength, but age that is wise and discerning.
This painting has been controversial. So too is Feminist Theology which has challenged Christianity to question its patriarchal structures and ideas of God. But challenge and controversy beckon us to consider different ways of seeing things, and that can bring us fresh insights. It can also help us redress an imbalance in our ideas of what it is to be human, and what God might be like.
Such a challenge is not new: the medieval mystic Julian of Norwich (1342-1416) proclaimed ‘As truly as God is our Father, so truly God is our Mother’. Rosales’ painting gives us the opportunity to revisit the idea and provoke our thoughts once more.
*Thanks to ‘Futurismforyoungladies.home.blog’ whose post I saw this picture on.