The post I linked to is his effort to address some of the concerns about the post in which he announces his intentions.
I didn’t comment over there, since I don’t have a dog in that fight any more. But I have been thinking about it–how soul lonely it is to want so much to feel connected to the Christian God and to feel like that’s never going to be possible because He’s a “he” and you’re not.
And I get Ariah’s commenters who are concerned that doing such a “crazy” experiment might turn off or confuse outsiders, but what about it being a spiritual lifeline to women who would, like I eventually did, otherwise leave the Church? Are those hypothetical outsiders worth so much more than the real people who feel cut off from your God by your language?
I eventually came to the same conclusion Ariah’s commenter does who believes that God, being all-powerful could have referred to himself as something other than Him, if He’d cared to. That’s, in part, why I left. I experienced it as God pulling away from me, first–that constant reaffirmation, “I’m not like you.”
Okay, then, fine. If you don’t like me, I’m a jackass for hanging around.
But it does seem to me that there is another path and I am cheering for anyone who struggles to take it.