16. God, Mom!

The Blessings of Breasts and Womb

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. George A. Dunn lecturer visiting lecturer

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch16

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Dunn, G. A. (2010) God, Mom!, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch16

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Ningbo Institute of Technology in Zhejiang Province, China

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • God, Mom! - the blessings of breasts and womb;
  • suffering, a central theme in Job - being all about motherhood;
  • “God is a woman” - Job doesn't curse God as Satan predicted he would;
  • God's speech, judged by commentators - more of an end run around Job's complaints than a satisfactory response to them;
  • Shadday originating within a paradigm of divine-human relations - highlighting God's role as guarantor of fertility;
  • from mother goddesses to classical theism - “God is a woman,”or more precisely, a mother;
  • if God is perfect, God is also immutable or unchanging - change in a perfect being, could only be for the worse;
  • seeing God as epitome of maternal care - surpassing the very best of mortal mothers in nurturance;
  • “Defective and misbegotten” - Thomas Aquinas's offensive theory, that women were “misbegotten” males;
  • “The true mother of life and all things” - conception of God as Mother, fostering feelings of gratitude and arousing a desire to help others


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “God is a woman”

  • From Mother Goddesses to Classical Theism

  • It's Like This

  • “Defective and misbegotten”

  • “The true mother of life and all things”

  • Mothers Made in the Image of God

  • Notes