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Douglas Davis Published Oct 19, at 6: Augustine, "Contra Julianum," c. Dionysius, whom once Semele, Kadmos' daughter, bore I have first excited Thebes to my cry, fitting a fawn-skin to my body and taking a thyrsos in my hand, a weapon of ivy.
Prologue to Euripides' The Bacchae, c. Almost years ago, the silver-tongued bishop of a small city in Northern Africa began to write and rail against one simple and for him indefensible act: Spontaneous Erection or S. Now known as St.
Augustine, this intellectual powerhouse decided that S. How dare the "disobedient member," inflamed by a licentious wife, rise up against Divine Power?
Doesn't either offender remember what happened to Adam? Perhaps no single act of critical misreading in history blitzed the lives of more people than Augustine's interpretation of Genesis, with the possible exceptions of Goebbels parroting Mein Kampf and Single want real sex Saint Augustine distorting Das Kapital for legions of black- and red-shirted thugs.
To this day you and I, whether Judeo-Christians or innocents living in a teal they molded, feel the sting of Augustine's verbal whip. For sure he has handed over more patients and gold to our shrinks than anyone else. If women want to know why you dare not "speak your desires," read The City of God.
If males want to know why we were ashamed Thessaloniki ny dating our hard-ons in high school, read Augustine's Confessions. And if anybody wantt why the world regards once-radical Christianity as a reactionary and repressive faith, read the saint's heated debate with his fellow bishops, summed up in The City of God Against the Pagans. But stay away from Genesis itself. If you read it in a sane mode, you xex join millions of contrarians, as well as the revisionist historians who are studying early, pre-Augustinian Christianity, by concluding that the Adam and Eve Single want real sex Saint Augustine is not obsessed with balling in the woods, and certainly not with defiant dicks, as Augustine concluded.
Genesis is clearly a fiction enfolded in metaphor.
We're clearly expected to seek meaning there as we seek it everywhere in the Bible? This is how the first Christians and their left-wing Gnostic brothers used Genesis and the Bible before Augustine dropped in from hell to pronounce every single word in that tiny tale that suits him as literal truth.
In Augustine's eyes, the message of the story is not that Adam Single want real sex Saint Augustine Eve disobeyed God's prohibition against eating the fruit of "knowledge"?
They defiled their creator, and us, because Adam allegedly got a hard-on. And Eve, in fine, is a tramp. Let us cast all our stones Single want real sex Saint Augustine her, Augustine says, in effect. Order her to obey her husband and stay far away from the higher councils Ludicrous, isn't it, that an entire religion, at first committed to a merciful new God, not his Old Testament granddad?
That women, whom Jesus Christ deliberately sought out and defended, are Sin, collectively, incarnate? Yet this is precisely Augustine's argument, making it easy today for his ally John Paul II to shove it down the throats of the faithful in one Augustinian anti-abortion, antisexuality, antimasturbation encyclical after another.
As they mount in rage, the encyclicals have steadily alienated even some devout Roman intellectuals. One of them, in a rich, Single want real sex Saint Augustine review of John Paul's writings in The New York Review of Books back inwondered whether the pope is obsessed with sex and chastity because of his Polish past. Worse, maybe his refusal to grant women full equality in his church is driven by his Seeking my stoner queen idolatry of the Virgin with whom no earthly female can compare.
Why won't the pope shut up about sex, the writer wondered, and focus on larger issues?
I am asked about ovaries and trimesters. The great mysteries of faith have become That writer was Garry Wills: A few years after casting doubt on his pope's obsession with sex, the same Wills now publishes this fawning "life" of St. Augustine that blindly endorses virtually every comma and period ever written by the Monster of Hippo. Most amazing of all, Wills contends Augustine was wrapped inside the mind of God when he wrote.
Imagine what mincemeat Wills might make of a George W. Washington, if not his father, George the President. Yet here Garry reverts to choirboy status, parsing Looking for friends or more 9onesix 8fivesix for88one catechisms. Not only does he equate Augustine with God; he rattles off a Single want real sex Saint Augustine of cotton-candy generalizations that echo his Master:.
God, who Sxint all things, who shaped Adam to impregnate Eve, and Eve to attract Adam, was shocked when the pairing worked. Furious, God ejected the original couple, clothed, from Paradise, demanded that Eve submit to Adam, wang condemned their progeny forever Men and women can only defy death?
If you swallow any or all of these absurdities inyou are a special case. Even in the Single want real sex Saint Augustine and fifth centuries Augustine's fantasies provoked spirited resistance.
Wills barely acknowledges this counter-Augustinian movement, which reak the centerpiece of Elaine Pagels' widely respected book, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. Pagels and many other scholars have also flooded the intellectual market in the past decade with a wealth of discoveries about the politics and sociology of the early Christians, who turn out to be a rangy, daring and highly diversified band of rebels, alternately infuriating both the Romans and the orthodox Judaic elders.
Wills does not even mention the discovery and translation Single want real sex Saint Augustine the "forbidden" Single want real sex Saint Augustine gospels, found in Egypt in Though Christians, the Gnostics drew very different conclusions not only from the "accepted" biblical texts but from many writings cast out by the mainstream church leaders. Some Gnostics saw Eve as the hero, along with Horny women personals Antwerp Serpent, of the Genesis story, not its villain.
Many more disagreed totally with Augustine's denigration of women.
Indeed, the Gnostics saw God as a crossdresser in effect, at once male and female. I am the Womb [that gives shape] to the All For our strangely uninformed biographer, however, the embattled Augustine alone is Christianity, surrounded by pagans and pederasts. Wills even tries to debunk what he calls "the legend" of his hero's Single want real sex Saint Augustine profligate youth.
He does so simply on the ground of declaration, without reference either to biographical fact or to Augustine's own Confessions, which are riddled with references to his rapacious behavior: And his theory locked in perfectly with the church's sudden rise in stature in the fourth century from the margins to the center of power. As one Roman emperor after another converted to Single want real sex Saint Augustine ranks of an increasingly popular?
Now the heads of the church were forced to manage Ladies seeking sex tonight Camdenton Missouri huge, warring and fractious empire. Order, not freedom, became its necessity.
Let the church then teach its faithful to submit, to control their depraved impulses political or sexual. Augustine's "reading" of Genesis was officially adopted by the Council of Orange inone century after his death.
To some extent, his deeply authoritarian theory has been exploded over the centuries by education, democracy and egalitarianism. Even the Roman Church now finds it necessary to adapt to social and economic conditions that promote self-reliance and self-definition, not submission. Sex is perhaps the last frontier.
The answer is enfolded at once Single want real sex Saint Augustine the politics of lust and of free will. To take the first: It is at least possible, if not probable, that Augustine was obsessed with teal because he couldn't get it up, at least not as often as he wished.
Over and over he pointed out that "the married man" loses control when it won't stand up on command, as well as when it Housewives wants sex tonight WI Auburndale 54412. Time for a little common sense: Who really cares or thinks deep thoughts when his member is stiff?
The gray cells are immobile at that moment. The same is true of a woman in arousal. We're only plunged into self-doubt and introspection? My conclusion, then, is that Augustine turned into a raving puritan because he didn't have either Viagra or a seductive woman near at hand. Perhaps free will Single want real sex Saint Augustine sex are a Mobius strip, one Horny fat girls Ferrara turning constantly into the other.
The early Christian records of Christ's words and actions? Yes, Jesus is profoundly opposed to adultery; he is also profoundly opposed to those who want to punish sinners cf.
He leaves the decision, the action, up to the user, if you will. And of course he is an enemy of coercive power and the state, which executes him in the end. Given the plot of the Greatest Story Rezl Told, what other story, equally brilliant, equally historic, does it recall?
In The Bacchae, we also find the Single want real sex Saint Augustine of a god, Dionysius, spawned by a lowly woman in whom Zeus decides to implant his seed.
Like Christ, Dionysius takes human form? He is hugely popular with women, who are enthralled by his beauty as well as his decidedly sensual theories of the good life, which argue for release, not restraint.
To this day, "bacchanalian" means wining, dining, loving. Also like Christ, Dionysius incurs the wrath of the state. In place of Pontius Pilate, he must contend Augustinw an Augustinian puritan in the form of Pentheus, the King.
Hot Paia girl personals rails against the usurper, fearing that he will corrupt his kingdom, if not destroy law and order. Dionysius and Pentheus represent two opposite claims Augustinf life? Dionysius, a left-wing, anarchist version of Christ, Augusttine the day. No one can say whether Euripides' plot influenced those who claimed to remember what happened in Jerusalem, but the similarities are intriguing.
So is the main difference. The Christian legacy, as later Single want real sex Saint Augustine and extended by Garry Wills' beloved patriarch, tried to drive it out.California Guy Eating Pussy Tonight
In one sense, of course, that legacy not only self-destructed, it may have bequeathed us the delights of eroticism? But the legacy still hounds our laws, our schools and the stump speeches of our candidates for president.