Location: Irvine, California, United States

E-mail Me

My Blog Profile

Technorati search

    WWW the outer...

My Amazon Wish List

    Search Now:


Help fuel my writing dream...

My Bloglines Subs & Stuff

    Listed by category are subscriptions to blogs I monitor and read. Check them out!

    Note: Sites listed by this blog does not imply endorsement of anything except when they promote this site.

Other Cool Sites I Visit

Recommended for your Library

    Ethics: The Heart of Leadership

    Edited by Joanne Ciulla. An important collection of essays by philosophers, leadership and management thinkers considering the role of ethics in leadership

    Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness

    By Robert K. Greenleaf, Larry C. Spears, Stephen R. Covey. Servant and leader--can these two roles be fused in one real person in all levels of status and calling?

    Warranted Christian Belief

    By Alvin Plantinga. Third in a trilogy of works on the issue of warrant - the basis of the rationality of Christian beliefs written by arguably the most important philosopher of religion alive today

    Renovation of the Heart

    By Dallas Willard. A philosopher and quintessential Christian teacher relates and reflects on what it means to put on the character of Christ.

    Foreign Bodies

    By Hwee Hwee Tan. An impressive first novel by young new author from Singapore acclaimed as an up and coming Pulitzer Prize winner

    Mammon Inc.

    By Hwee-Hwee Tan. Second novel by this very important young new author from Singapore applauded the world over, including The Times in London and the New York Times

    Three Philosophies of Life

    By Peter Kreeft. Three life philosophies presented through the works of three of Scriptures most beautiful poetry books, Job, Ecclesiastes and Songs of Solomon

    Horrendous Evil and the Goodness of God

    By Marilyn McCord-Adams. A seminal response to the age-old problem of evil which attempts to take seriously the theological ramifications of the character of God


    By Malcolm Gladwell. Blink is about the first two seconds of looking--the decisive glance that knows in an instant.

    Smart Mobs

    By Howard Rheingold. A social commentary about how "sophisticated mobile Internet access is allowing people who don't know each other to act in concert".


    By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. An engaging treatise about the fundamentals of interconnectedness and complexity that underlies neurology, epidemiology, Internet traffic, and many other fields.

    The Peaceable Kingdom

    By Stanley Hauerwas. A clear explication of a Christian ethic based upon the meaning of the gospel, highlighting virtues and character, and narrative as a mode of ethical reflection.

    The Goldsworthy Trilogy: Gospel & Kingdom, Gospel & Wisdom, Gospel & Revelation

    By Graeme Goldsworthy. A collection of masterful works expositing on the centrality of the Scriptures: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Grace and Law: St. Paul, Kant, and the Hebrew Prophets

    By Heinz Cassirer. A Kantian scholar looks at the Old Testament Law, and Paul's understanding of it, concluding that Kant's delimma is answered by the gospel of grace.

The Un-Right Christians

Progressive Christian Blogger Network

Church Directory of Evangelical Blogs

Friday, December 03, 2004

Sexuality, blasphemy and spirituality

While blog-hopping, I found a very special blog containing this superb article on sexuality, blasphemy and spirituality. Recently, I posted on the question of illicit sex and received quite an interesting array of responses to my musing.

My main thought there was to question why we take it for granted that all sex within the bounds of marriage was automatically good, morally acceptable, and spiritually uplifting. I probably wasn't able to put my thoughts in coherently, perhaps because of my approach. I was approaching it negatively by asking what illicit sex meant. My own thoughts came out of the vigorous discussion that my earlier posts about same-sex marriage generated.

In Thinking about K*nsey, Karen Haluza reflected on the movie, Kinsey and her experiences as a college student in a class on human sexuality. I really liked what she has to say about sex and especially the way she connected sex to spirituality.
When we engage in sex for purely recreational purposes, it becomes disengaged from its spiritual context and it is that tell-tale "morning after" feeling that reminds us that something isn't right. This can happen either inside of or outside of marriage, or other committed relationships. I'm not convinced that there are hard and fast rules that say when sex is sacramental and when it is not. But I do believe that it must always be considered within this spiritual context.
She explained the ambivalence our culture has towards sex insightfully:
I believe, in fact, that much of our shame, misadventure and longing as it relates to sex are precisely because it has been divorced from its spiritual nature. Some people blame Dr. K*insey, and those who followed him, for this phenomenon. I do not. Dr. K*insey was reacting to the dishonest and damaging information, much of it influenced by church teaching, that was put forth as the truth at that time. His experiences led him to a strict belief in empiricism and a rejection of any involvement by a Creator. Unfortunately, the spiritual nature of sex is not something that can be measured or quantified.
Her next paragraph is especially enlightening:
So, I asked myself, "Why did God create sex?" To my way of thinking, the primary function of sex is to be a way to draw closer to God through the intimate union with another created being. It's a way to go back to the garden, back to paradise. It is a sacramental act and, when it is divorced from this context, it has the potential to become a blasphemous act.
You have to read the rest of the article here. Well worth it.