Janice M. Allred
JANICE ALLRED has been pondering, studying, speaking about, and writing on theological questions for over 25 years. She has published in Dialogue and Sunstone and is the author of God the Mother and Other Theological Essays (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1997). She is co-editor with Lavina Fielding Anderson of the Case Reports of the Mormon Alliance. The mother of nine children and the grandmother of seven, she lives in Provo, Utah.
Toward a Mormon Theology of God the Mother
Articles/Essays – Volume 27, No. 2
Dialogue 27.2 (Summer 1994): 15–40
It would seem that Mormons who have believed for over a hundred years in the real existence of the Goddess, the Mother in Heaven, should be far ahead of other Christians in developing a theology of God the Mother. However, our belief in her as a real person puts us at a disadvantage. If the Goddess is merely a symbol of deity, as the male God is also a symbol, then certainly God can be pictured as either male or female with equal validity.