Friday, March 30, 2007

SEX GOD...Chapter 2

In the second chapter Rob focuses his energies in redefining relationships and what it means to be connected to others, whether as friends, intimate lovers, or simply other people we come into contact with. Rob reminds that the original way of being connected to one another, earth and God was disturbed through the entrance of sin into the world, thus there is a desire for reconnection. The ideas Rob is stressing here are good ones of our connection to each other [anybody] and our connection to earth and to ourselves...

Rob goes on to say that:

"Scholars believe that the word sex is related to the Latin word secare, which means: to sever, to amputate, or to disconnect from the whole. This is where we get words like sect, section, dissect, bisect. Our sexuality, then, has two dimensions. First, our sexuality is our awareness of how profoundly we're severed and cut off and disconnected. Second, our sexuality is all the ways we go about trying to reconnect."

Rob focuses here on rethinking out definitions for sexuality:

"For many, sexuality is simply what happens between two people involving physical pleasure. But that's only a small percentage of what sexuality is. Our sexuality is all of the ways we strive to reconnect with our world, with each other, and with God."

Most of this chapter Rob is trying to focus on the disconnect that we feel from the fall and sin, and sexuality being our desire to reconnect with people. He stresses that sexuality is not about sex as we often understand it. It's about being connected in a healthy way to people, a life of LOVE and joy with others, there is a communal dimension. Which reminded me of Lauren Winners writings in her book Real Sex, where she covers a chapter on sex and the community. I really like this idea of connectedness to who we are to our neighbors, all people, for we are all divine images of God, and our connection to creation it self which God has given us the privilege of being good stewards of... I am also reminded of N.T. Wright's writings in Simply Christian on the echoes of God instilled in us all, and the echo of relationship that is in each person, a desire to be loved, to be in love to be connected in one way or another. Personally I think Rob could have expanded much more on this in this chapter, but I think the ideas of long chapters are just not Rob's style, which is fine.

[note, I am only including parts in the review that I find interesting, I may be leaving out some parts that others may have found significant...which only means, if you are interested you should buy the book.]


Jenni said...

Well Paul, I'm already back! But I did leave on Wednesday morning.

Luke Heidebrecht said...

Most faithful blogger award goes to Paul. Sorry, I just havn't had any thoughts lately. Well that's a lie, but I havn't taken the time to write them down.

Sarah Gingrich said...

Cool new profile pic, it looks just like you!!! Har har har. We just got back from the fishmarket where we enjoyed some salmon..mmmm. We also bought lots of blueberries and strawberries and whipped up some cream for them and had that for supper : ). We are enjoying these last few fruits of summer before we plunge into the rainy season. Anyways, take care friend!

Paul Morgun said...

jenni glad that you are back, i would have hated for you to miss your sisters baptism

Luke you keep writing your thoughts, its awesome to hear how God is shaping you

Sarah my dear missionary friends, come back to us, so I can enjoy your particular cooking styles...mmm fruit and pizza!!! you guys are always in our prayers!