I have apparently siloed myself from the evangelical end-timers enough not to see the triumphalist exultation that my friends are reporting over the past few days on their Facebook feeds in the wake of Donald Trump’s declaration of an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Some of the end-timers are apparently very open about the way that they see these events as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy that will unleash a final Armageddon conflict that will result in Jesus’ return.
This week, I decided to go through former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ famous essay “The Body’s Grace” with our men’s group that we formed in response to the crisis of sexual violence on our campus. Every time I read the essay, I understand it a little better. Williams’ prose is beautiful but it wanders all over the place and makes a few British cultural references I don’t get, so the first two or three times I read it, I didn’t really grasp his thesis.
The day before Thanksgiving, I went to a used bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas. It was mostly filled with harlequin romance novels and Tom Clancy thrillers. I couldn’t find any of my usual go-to authors. So I randomly picked out a book called The Spoils of War by Thomas Fleming. It’s a historical novel about a Yankee general who marries a Southern Belle right after the Civil War. They have a lavish lifestyle which includes annual summers in Europe. But they’re both miserable in their marriage.
@samuel_ernest@word_made_FRESH@deacon_godsey@wesleyhill For centuries, the Catholic Church's official position was that sex is a necessary evil to produce children. All because Augustine wanted a well-ordered soul where reason controlled the appetites which means no unplanned boners. That's Western Christian tradition for you.
@samuel_ernest@word_made_FRESH@deacon_godsey@wesleyhill It's Augustine's Platonism that is the source of his scandal; he literally understood his lack of cognitive control over his arousal as punishment for original sin. So much of Western Christianity's toxic sexuality is a result of Augustine's boners.
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