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Divinity Schools: Stop Using 'He' or 'Him' to Refer to God

Guidelines at two top U.S. divinity schools have recommended professors use "inclusive" gender-neutral language-including for God, according to documents from both Duke and Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt's 2016-2017 catalog says the divinity school "commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism" in its teachings. "This includes consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine," the divinity school catalog says.

Melissa Snarr, the associate dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt's divinity school, said in an emailed statement that the 2016-2017 guidelines actually stem from a policy that dates back to 1999.

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