A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality
Algora Publishing, 2003 - 306 sider
Love between a man and a woman: is it sacred or sinful? A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality explores Platonic eros, Christian mysticism, friendship, religious ritual, and love as people experience it, turning up startling ironies and paradoxes and, along the way, some traditions we may find worth reclaiming.
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Romantic Scriptures Ambiguous Interpretations and Gregory of Nyssas Platonic Biblical Allegories
Saint John Chrysostom Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine
Chivalric Romance and Ascetic Discipline
Thomas Aquinas and the Cloud of Unknowing
Shelley and Intellectual Beauty
T S Eliots The Waste Land
The Recent Erotic Spirituality of Vatican II and David Matzko Mccarthy Karl Barth and Eberhard Jungel
Chapter XII A Heap of Broken Images? Erotic Love and Spirituality in the PostModern Age
Martin Luther Sir Edmund Spenser and the Puritans
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Aristotle Aristotle’s Augustine Augustine’s become beloved Bernard of Clairvaux Beroul Bible body called celibacy celibate chapter Chivalric Romance Christ Christian Chrysostom Church Cloud of Unknowing considered Corinthians couple created culture Dante Daphnis and Chloe desire divine doctrine Eliot Eros erotic eternal feel flesh friends friendship Genesis God’s Grail Gregory Gregory of Nyssa heart heaven holy human love husband Ibid Ibid.,p Ideal Forms Isadora Jesus Jungel King knight lady live Longus looked lover lust Luther Malory Malory’s man’s marital love marriage McCarthy metaphor mind modern monastic mystical nature never one’s Ovid Ovid’s passage passion person philosophical Plato pleasure poem quest reason relationship Romantic Love sexual Shelley Shelley’s Sir Launcelot Song of Songs soul Spenser spiritual story Swedenborg theologians theology things Thomas Aquinas thou traditions Tristan and Yseut Vatican II virginity virtue wants Waste Land wife Wisdom woman women words writing
Side 67 - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Side 64 - DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this congregation, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony...
Side 189 - Hail wedded love! mysterious law, true source Of human offspring, sole propriety In Paradise of all things common else. By thee adulterous lust was driv'n from men Among the bestial herds to range; by thee Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities Of father, son, and brother, first were known.
Side 63 - Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is Himself its Savior.
Side 189 - Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities Of father, son, and brother, first were known. Far be it, that I should write thee sin or blame, Or think thee unbefitting holiest place...
Side 228 - That corpse you planted last year in your garden, "Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year? "Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed? "Oh keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men, "Or with his nails he'll dig it up again! "You! hypocrite lecteur!— mon semblable,— mon frere!
Side 66 - For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh (Gen.
Side 222 - Our breath shall intermix, our bosoms bound, And our veins beat together; and our lips With other eloquence than words, eclipse The soul that burns between them, and the wells Which boil under our being's inmost cells, The fountains of our deepest life, shall be Confused in passion's golden purity, As mountain-springs under the morning Sun. We shall become the same, we shall be one Spirit within two frames, oh ! wherefore two?
Side 243 - She is as in a field a silken tent At midday when a sunny summer breeze Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent, So that in guys it gently sways at ease, And its supporting central cedar pole, That is its pinnacle to heavenward And signifies the sureness of the soul, Seems to owe naught to any single cord, But strictly held by none, is loosely bound By countless silken ties of love and thought To everything on earth the compass round...
Side 21 - Is there no change of death in paradise ? Does ripe fruit never fall? Or do the boughs Hang always heavy in that perfect sky, Unchanging, yet so like our perishing earth, With rivers like our own that seek for seas They never find, the same receding shores That never touch with inarticulate pang...