Most British Christians believe God does not have a human gender identity

Sun 16 Sep 2018
By Cara Bentley

A YouGov poll has found most Christians think God is neither male nor female, but female Christians are most likely to think God is male. 

The report found that 41% of all Christians think God does not have a human gender identity, followed closely by 36% thinking God is male, 19% don't know, 3% say a different human gender identity and 1% of all Christians think God is female. 

The survey was prompted by Ariana Grande's song 'God is a Woman', pictured. 

More Christian women than men think God is male - 41% and 30% respectively. 

The Sunday Telegraph report that the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, tries to avoid using male-gendered language, saying: "I don't want young girls or young boys to hear us constantly refer to God as 'He'"

She likened it to going to a website and seeing all-white people and said she prefers to just say 'God'. 

The Rt Rev Rd Jo Bailey, the Bishop of Dorking, says she uses male and female imagery in prayers. 

The poll also assessed people's beliefs on God's gender along other categories, such as which way they voted in the EU referendum, whether they were Catholic or Protestant and age. 

Almost half of 18-24 years old believe God to be decidedly male, while older generations were more likely to think of God as without human gender. But with 2% of the youngest age group thinking God is female, they held the highest percentage on that issue than any other category. 

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