- Beyond the Blue
- Religion and the Corruption of Eroticism
- The Redemption of Eroticism
- Commentary on the Song of Solomon
- The Darwinian Emperor is Naked
- The Problem of Evil
- The True Conspiracy
- Feminist Theology
- Criticism of the Church
- Accuracy of the Bible
- Movie Review – The Goddess of Pandora
- Movie Review – Unplugged from the Matrix
The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer
~ Marcus Aurelius
Using the words “Religion” and “Eroticism” in the same sentence generates a number of different responses, depending on the perspective of the reader. Some will immediately be suspicious, and consider the combination of those two words as the sum of corrupting influences on what to them should be austere and holy. Others will perhaps smirk and replay their feeling of disgust with how traditional religion has supposedly trashed eroticism. Yet others may think that we must be discussing some type of new-age, free-love movement.
There is only one happiness in life – to love and be loved
~ George Sand
Some people question the institution of marriage and think that it an anachronism in today’s society, because they feel that the power of males and females should be made equivalent, and their roles made interchangeable. Furthermore, some people feel that marriage needlessly limits their sexual expression and spoils their erotic fun.
Eat Friends! Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers!
~ The Song of Solomon 5:1
One of the most basic aspects of human existence is the male/female relationship and the associated issues—marriage, sexuality, parenting, and family life. The family always has been, and always will be the foundational building block of society; as goes the family, so goes the society, for better or worse. God is the designer of the human mind and body. He is the one who created sexuality and the one who gave us our sexual nature. We should therefore expect that He would advise us on how we should live.
Darwinism in Distress
Most people are familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes, which is a tale about authorities and their beliefs – how the public can be coerced into believing what the authorities wish them to believe, what happens when the beliefs are shown to be false, and how even the most intelligent people often remain in denial and persist in holding on to untruths even after they are exposed.
This story could very have been written with Darwinism in mind, because the latter is a perfect example of this phenomenon in action. Darwinism is a scientific theory which was seriously questioned from the time it was first proposed in 1859, and despite its seeming hegemony, it is now slowly being discarded as both doubtful and unscientific. Here is a summary of how an increasing number of scientists currently view it:
How can God be good if there is so much bad?
Around 300 BC the Greek philosopher Epicurus stated the following:
If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to, then He is not omnipotent.
If God is able, but not willing, then He is malevolent.
If God is both able and willing, then where does evil come from?
If God is neither able nor willing, then why call Him God?
It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us he does not exist
~ Pierre Charles Baudelaire
In the 1997 movie Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson played a mentally unhinged cabbie named Jerry who lived in a world of conspiracy theories, where a shadowy “they” were supposedly behind everything significant that happened. The “they” were variously said to be:
- The US government.
- The communist party.
- The Italian, Chinese, and Japanese mafia.
- Islamic/Arab militants.
- The CIA, NSA, MI 5/6 and/or other clandestine government groups.
- Multinational corporations.
- Labor unions.
If you say that the history of the Church is a long succession of scandals, you are telling the truth, though if that is all you say, you are distorting the truth
~ Gerald Vann
To a large degree, the Bible and the church have been lumped together in people’s minds and the frustration that some have felt with the actual “institutions of Christianity” have made them question and throw out the church, the Bible, and even Christianity itself. Many of the criticisms are overblown, but the church does have things to answer for. Here are some examples:
The grass withers and the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
~ Isaiah 40:7-8
For a long time it has been fashionable to trash the Bible and treat it as nothing more than a collection of folk tales that have no basis in history or reality. The impetus for this came originally from liberal scholars who rejected the Bible’s authenticity. This was done despite the fact that the Bible is the most accurate and comprehensive literary work from antiquity in existence, supported by hundreds of geographical place names and archaeological discoveries.