A white American man has caused controversy by claiming God is a black woman.
Dylan Chenfeld, who calls himself a Jewish atheist, put up posters in New York that read: “I met God, She’s Black”.
The young man (21) said he didn’t invent the phrase, which has been around for a while.
He started printing and selling t-shirts with the controversial message, and American hip hop star Drake has been seen wearing one.
Dylan owns and runs RooftopsNYC, from where he sells the shirts.
The Huffington Post reported the story, and pointed out that Renaissance artists in Europe “painted God into their own cultures, often giving him the white skin and flowing golden hair of a European aristocrat”.
But although Jesus has usually been portrayed with light skin, many Christian churches insist that God doesn’t have a gender.
In its Catechism, or summary of official beliefs, the Catholic Church says: “God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God.”
But despite these official positions, almost all Bible translations refer to God as “He”, so it’s no wonder that many people insist that He is male.
People have been debating the t-shirt’s message on Twitter, with one user tweeting:
Although the company selling the t-shirts is based in America, thanks to online shopping people from all over the world can order one.
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