By Mark Williams
The Westworld actor Thadie Newton made a bold religious statement at this year’s Emmy Awards by hinting that, were God to exist, she would be female.
The British actor, 45, was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Maeve Millay in the HBO hit series. Visibly surprised, the British actor starting her acceptance speech by saying “I don’t believe in God but I’m going to thank Her tonight” (Video).
Newton’s statement at the Emmys came two days after The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, the (female) Bishop of Gloucester, warned the Church of England to be cautious of referring to God as male. The caution accompanied the release of a YouGov poll showing that more young Christians believe God to be male than to not be of any human gender.
Mainstream theology rejects that God is either male or female, instead proclaiming that the almighty does not fit into human notions of gender at all. This has been explicitly made the official doctrine of the Catholic Church.
The episode serves as ironic proof that nothing is now safe from the ravages of the culture wars. Strangely, atheist Newton, the liberal Bishop and the parts of the millennial press that gave them a positive reception are better aligned with established churches in their entertaining a non-male God than their critics. Those hostile included the likes of Breitbart and the devout Catholic Conservative ex-MP Anne Widecombe.