Dueling Romances

Posted: March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

sequelsThis is the 4th installment in the Eros series, much like Aliens was a Quadrilogy, and a damn fine one at that! It continues where we left off through baptizing Eros by discussing its proper function and context. As stated in Eros I: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Sex? –I want to recall the purpose of this dialogue:

So what’s the purpose of this article?
A: To clarify some things so as to make dialogue about sex possible.

Secondly, today is The Feast of The Annunciation! Today Our Lady, St. Mary responded to God, Let it be unto me according to thy Word, and so The Holy Ghost overshadowed her, she conceived by The Holy Ghost, and gave birth to Jesus the Christ, very God of very God, begotten not made, yet from the flesh of a woman. How erotic! Her Eros led her to participation in Life-itself.

**This is the longest I’ve written yet, but I’m going to wrap this topic up today. If there’s a question you don’t find yourself asking (Q:), skip it.

—–PART I: A True Dialogue on Eros Fulfilled in The Divine Liturgy—–

—–PART II: A Bastardized Tradition on Eros—–

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This is part 3 in the search for a Christian Eros, Romantic Love.

"Psyche" (soul) beholding "Eros" (love" in his divine form. This is an attempt of the beloved to Possess the lover, instead of come to know and participate in and with them to divinization.

“Psyche” (soul) beholding “Eros” (love” in his divine form. This is an attempt of the beloved to Possess the lover, instead of come to know and participate in and with them to divinization.

Recapitulation of Conclusions from Eros II
Romantic love, Eros, cannot be a virtue, a balance of chemicals, a process by which 1/2 a person becomes a whole person. A common problem was dualism, either of formal reduction (I identify as a werewolf) or material reduction (I’m just neurons and chemicals). Both were shown to be contradictory, logically and functionally, by communities (which are embodied traditions) that talk these ways.

Now that the threshing floor has been cleared…

Eros was shown to be a seeking of the divine through seeing the beauty of bodies, then a loyalty to a particular beautiful body, then seeing beauty of many souls, then loyalty to a particular beautiful soul, then to Beauty-Itself. Romantic Love was therefore a means by which one came to ascend to The Divine. This language is analogical, not univocal (O’ Calvin…). Now to look to various Christian sources on the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

symposium sceneQ: Alright, where were we?
A: We left off last time with a movement towards Eros as opposed to sex in an effort to retrace the history of the Church’s dialogue on romantic desire. I asked you to read Plato’s Symposium.
The tale is primarily poetic, imaginative, iconic, it is seductive. It does not give many arguments. Each persons gives a speech on what the nature of Eros is and why it is to be praised.

The Symposium goes layers deep into several narratives, think Inception. It begins with a man named Apollodorus (layer I) in midconversation, “In fact, your question does not find me unprepared.” He recalls a story (layer II) about Glaucon asking Apollodorus about a symposium. Then the story of the symposium begins (layer IV). Plato was going Inception on narratives way before Christopher Nolan. A story within a story within a story within a story. Did any of it really happen? Does that question even matter to discuss what Eros is?

…one day he ran into Socrates, who had just bathed and put on his fancy sandals — both very unusual events… Read the rest of this entry »

Adonis Aphrodite

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.” Song of Songs I:I.

A: Great Question! We do in a sense.

Q: Why is this question asked?
A1: It’s Lent.
The Church tells us to fast because they’ve found through the ages a connection between one’s passions for food and one’s passions for sex. We seek not to destroy passions necessarily, but to give them the proper objects, and put those desires into proper order, to function well to human excellence.
A2: Because in college you’re expected to sleep around with people and you’re expected to talk about LGBTQ.
These are distinct but not unrelated phenomenon.

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What Should I Give Up For Lent?

Posted: February 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

lent is comingFat Tuesday / Mardis Gras feast: 8pm with live jazz band and free food and drink – all the things we can’t have come Lent :)
Ash Wednesday: 6pm, Mass with Ashes

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. But before that is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), we’ll been having a feast at St. Mary’s! On to the topic!

There are two rampant misconceptions about Lent.

(1) That we give up our sins for Lent.
(2) That taking on something for Lent is good enough.

I’ll talk about these two then re-ask the question, “What should I give up for Lent?”

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Relativism, in its post-modern articulation, is simply one more articulation of an ancient logical error. This contradiction existed in mouths of the ancients and we have texts back to the 400-500’s BC to demonstrate it. It of course has some nuancing for this generation, but those are superfluous, like putting icing on a non-existent cake.

I hear a lot of relativism from students and yokels alike. It’s definitely a fashion in the post-modern world. And I find the militant ones to be found among Atheists and Charismatic Evangelicals alike. There is a strangeness to this phenomenon that points to a stranger reality — these two groups are two sides of the same coin.

Let’s take a look at some of its articulations:

All truth is relative.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Morals are relative.
You gotta’ do what’s right for you.
You do you, I do me.
We all have to make our own choices.
Everyone has to experience life for themselves.

etc. etc. ad nauseum, literally.

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This album played at about every house party I ever through. Truth.com.

This album probably played at some point at about every house party I ever threw. Not something I’m proud of but — it’s the Truth.com. These are my confessions.

Confession: I used to listen to a ton of rap music in my undergrad time at UGA: D4L, Lil Wayne, Three 6 Mafia, Juvenile, Snoop Dog, Young Jeezy, Nappy Roots, Ludacris, Chamillionaire, Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony, E-40, Trillville, Mac Dre…but man did I hate Hurricane Christ, J-Kwon Tipsy, Webbie, Black Eyed Peas, Soulja Boy, “What a bunch of hacks.” Truth be told, there wasn’t any reason, it was just “this one makes me feel good, that one makes me feel bad,” as if music had no objective order, mathematical rhythm, that beauty had no standard simply because I couldn’t find it.

Now…what in the hell would rap have to do with the Patristics & Matristics?
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