A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality

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Algora Publishing, 2003 - 306 páginas
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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Acknowledgments
1
Preface
3
Longus and Plato
5
Ovid and Aristotle
27
Romantic Scriptures Ambiguous Interpretations and Gregory of Nyssas Platonic Biblical Allegories
59
Saint John Chrysostom Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine
91
Chivalric Romance and Ascetic Discipline
113
Thomas Aquinas and the Cloud of Unknowing
147
Emanuel Swedenborg
189
Shelley and Intellectual Beauty
203
T S Eliots The Waste Land
223
The Recent Erotic Spirituality of Vatican II and David Matzko Mccarthy Karl Barth and Eberhard Jungel
237
Chapter XII A Heap of Broken Images? Erotic Love and Spirituality in the PostModern Age
267
BIBLIOGRAPHY
299
Index
303
Derechos de autor

Martin Luther Sir Edmund Spenser and the Puritans
161

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Página 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.
Página 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...
Página 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.
Página 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.
Página 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...
Página 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!
Página 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.
Página 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?
Página 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...
Página 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...

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