C.S. Lewis invited us to consider that our appreciation of everyday objects of desire bring ‘news from a far country’. They bid us come and behold that great reality of which they are faint reflections.
Indeed, writes Glynn Harrison, the gospel rescues all our desires – including sexual desire. Our worship should include all legitimate expressions of love – and not just platonic love and agape love.
Sexual love teaches us about the intensity of divine love.…
Compared with the sensuous and graphic promises of Islam, the biblical vision of heaven seems positively chaste. See, for example, Matthew 22:30. But there is, perhaps, more to be said.
Sex as both a picture and a taster of divine love. Although people will not marry each other in heaven, marriage itself will be by no means absent: there will be the one marriage between Christ and his church. And this picture of heaven, although not the only one, is remarkable deep and powerful. …
Who am I? People today are obsessed with the question of self-identity.
But a coherent sense of identity is under threat:-
In the past people settled into relatively stable patterns quite early on in their life cycle – a long-term job, getting married, bearing children. Now the transition from adolescence to adulthood stretches into the early thirties, with an ever-widening range of possibilities offering vastly increased options for how to be ‘me’ today.
The problem is magnified by the rise of hyper-connectivity, with the proliferation of social networks and streams of information. …
If the church were Christian, writes Phillip Gulley, ‘It would care more about love and less about sex.’
The church, apparently, is obsessed with sex. It frowns on sex outside marriage, divorce, dancing and (especially) homosexuality). Indeed, it finds the whole subject distasteful.
This anxiety about sex probably has two causes: Victorian mores and ‘the apostle Paul’s obvious aversion to marriage’. Contrast Paul’s ‘sour assessment of intimacy’ with the delight and joy of the Song of Solomon.…
Has the sexual revolution delivered on its promise to deliver more and better sex?
Oxford statistitian David Spiegelhalter reports that, contrary to popular perception, the frequency of ‘having sex’ is actually on the decrease. No-one knows why this is the case, but it may have something to do with the general business of people’s lives, and with the availability of so many technological diversions – mobile phones, tablets, and computers.
So, if people are not having more sex, are they having better sex? …
A Christian critique of the sexual revolution must begin with honest self-examination.
So, quoting Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:4-5, writes Glynn Harrison.
Over the centuries, the attitudes of the Christian church have been beset by shame and hypocrisy. These very attitudes have helped trigger create the discontent that has led to the revolution.
Too often, Christians have felt shame before issues of sex and relationships. It was not so at the beginning. Shame was no part of God’s original plan (Genesis 2:25), but entered immediately after the first, catastrophic rebellion against God. …
Sociologist Peter Berger has suggested that ‘cognitive minorities’ need to develop strategies if they are to survive. Christians, once in the majority in the Western world, are now a ‘cognitive minority’. Not only that, but they are regarded as an immoral cognitive minority.
Psychologist Solomon Asch demonstrated that human beings can be dangerously conformist:-
Within a social group, ideas are often accepted on trust, and are sustained by the nurture and reinforcement of the group.
Support networks are important for the maintenance of plausibility structures, particularly within minority groups. …