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Christian Scepticism

Posted by Remy on August 13, 2010

“Learn what you can, but cultivate Christian scepticism. It will keep you free -not free to do anything you please, but free to be formed by something larger than your own intellect or the intellects of those around you.”

-Flannery O’Connor

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Genesis 2:1-2 : A Song

Posted by Remy on August 10, 2010

They are finished, the heavens and the earth and all of their array.

God is finished on the seventh day with his work he made

and he rests on the seventh day from all his works he made.

God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it

because he rested from all his work which God had created and made.

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William Stringfellow on Sex and Masturbation

Posted by Remy on August 6, 2010

On Masturbation :

The main danger and damage in masturbation is not in the conduct itself, but in the fantasy life that invariably accompanies the conduct. That life will hardly ever be a sexually fulfilling one, and indeed masturbation is probably most obviously another variety of sexual sublimation – one in which the sexual identity and capability of the person remains stalemated, indefinite, confused, and apparently self-contained.

On Sex :

Too often sex does not have the dignity of a sacramental event because it is thought to be the means of the search for self rather than the expression and communication of one who has already found oneself and is free from resorting to sex in the frantic pursuit of identity. It is wrong to assume that sex is in itself some way of establishing or proving one’s identity or any resolution of the search for selfhood. One who does not know oneself and seeks to find oneself in sexual experience with another will neither find self nor will he respect the person of a sexual partner. Often enough, the very futility of the search for identity in sex will increase the abuse of both one’s own self and one’s partner. The pursuit of identity in sex ends in destruction, in one form or another, for both the one who seeks oneself and the one who is used as the means of the search. No one may show another who he is or she is; no one may give another life; no one can save another.

– William Stringfellow

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