What can we say about divine fatherhood? If it is envisaged from the human side (Part I), God is unquestionably more of a father than of a mother, even if he is father in a somewhat motherly way (1). Holy Scripture and spiritual tradition call for circumspection in this regard, even when they are somewhat ambivalent (2). Maybe a recent mystical trend has come nearer a «maternalisation» of God, but is this a progress (3)? For religious experience is being structured according to an experience of symbolic fatherhood, which makes the human subject emerge from an undifferentiated maternal milieu (4). The second part of the article is a johannine consideration of how the Father who is sending, loving, giving Jesus to the world as the gift of life is the standard of every fatherhood -- neither father nor mother, Father of Jesus Christ.