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A more religiously inclusive and gender-neutral " A Course In Miracles"
on February 1, 2011
The original version of the Course is absolutely LOADED with male references such as Father, Son, Sonship, he, his, him, Son of God, men. Females are almost never mentioned nor referred to. As a female, I find this exclusive language to be very irritating and have more than once given up in disgust. Also the writing can be extremely OBTUSE, and is in need of a good editor.
I even thought I would make myself write a gender-neutral version in desperation, since I really believe in the message of the ACIM thought system. But thank heavens someone already did it! Called Miracles Unplugged , the editor, Reverend Pamela Schauer taught ACIM courses for 15 years.
The inclusive version is not burdened by religiously and (for some) emotionally loaded words like:
atonement, creator, Christ, crucify, devil, evil, God, heaven, hell, Holy Spirit, idols, imprisoned, minister, redemption, resurrection, revelation, salvation, saved, savior, second coming, sins, Sonship.
In her version the above words have been removed and the following have been substituted:
our sacred mind, forgiveness, companion, expression, divine essence, higher identity or true identity, punish, lower consciousness, guilt, source, them, you, we, wholeness and knowledge, lower consciousness, spiritual interpreter, illusions, limited, teacher, light or truth, enlightenment, direct communication, freedom, freed, teacher, higher consciousness, errors, ultimate oneness.
These substitutions make the beautiful ACIM thought system more accessible for those who are not Christian and for those who are, for what ever reason, alienated from Christianity. I believe the Unplugged version could be used by folks of various religious persuasions without discomfort or alienation. Certain biblical references and passages claiming to be Christ speaking have been deleted or changed to make these messages less exclusive while retaining the information needed to understand the loving and healing thought system.
Some of the members in our ACIM group, some of them men, prefer to use the Unplugged version. However, some others miss the use of the words Holy Spirit, and some of the explanations of biblical passages and references to Christ and use either the Original Edition or the other classic versions.
I just wanted to give folks a heads up that there is another option out there. It is a great and healing thought system, which ever version you study from!