Thursday, September 16, 2010

10 Themes of Dawn Eden Set Straight

The “ten themes” chosen by Ms. Eden to correspond to what she believes are Mr. Christopher West is actually saying or teaching are listed below. However, it is my claim that Ms. Eden fails to thoroughly consider his complete position on various issues, and does not fully take into account his major work. Here are just some of my opinions on these ten things, you can read a more detailed analysis here:
http://thomasfortoday.blogspot.com/2010/09/putting-christopher-west-in-context.html

10 major themes

1. The TOB is an all-encompassing theology that requires theologians and religious educators to re-contextualize everything about Christian faith and life.
In a sense theology of the body does give us a new lens in which to view everything about our Christian faith and our lives. Because we are made male and female, something that the theology of the body tries to express to us in a deeper and more profound way we can not help in a new context. To use the word require, implies that Mr. West has made some kind of insistence Ord declaration when in fact Mr. West always invites. It would be prudent for Ms. Eden to reframe this statement.
TOB is all-encompassing when we are discussing our lives because we live our lives in and through our bodies. We are made in the image and likeness of God and therefore church teachings have always told us that we are not to reject the body. As a matter of fact we live out our Christian faith through our bodies when we participate in the sacraments. Sacraments are an outward sign of an inward grace received in our souls.

2.The sexual revolution was a happy fault.
This sentence is misleading. To say Adam's sin was a happy fault, is to actually say how great he redeemer are we have found in Christ Jesus. The statement oh happy fault, is an exclamation of the greatness of our God to our brokenness and redeem it. To say the sexual revolution was a happy fault is to say that Pope John Paul II looked upon the brokenness of men and women reaching for completion in sexual sin and out of his desire to heal their brokenness he dedicated his life to bringing the teachings of theology of the body to the world. I fail to see where there is an error in this.


3.Two contrasting means of satisfying hunger. Dumpster versus banquet.
Here if Ms. Eden even understands that the human desire for love is definitely a need and not a want. Ms. Eden does not understand that what they really want is the love that only God can give them. However, because of our brokenness we may miss or Mark and reach for the very thing that keeps us eating out of a dumpster, to use Mr. West analogy. Hunger, understood in this way is actually our desire to receive the love of God and to reciprocate that love with God, in other words our desire for communion with God. When Mr. West talks about us eating out of a dumpster or eating fast food is that because we all have the desire to love and to be loved or written on our hearts we will seek to fill that love in whatever way we understand it can be filled. Seeks to change our understanding of how that love is to be filled by revealing to us the banquet, or the pure love of God, exists and how to identify it.

4.The nuptial analogy is the primary means by which the faithful should understand their relationship to God and nuptial is to be envisioned in sexual terms.
One of Ms. Eden's largest errors as a verb when many times Mr. West is referring to sex or sexual as a noun. The nuptial analogy allows the faithful to understand the differences and complementarity of the masculine and feminine. By looking at how gives it self to woman we can understand something about the very nature of being male and female. This is not talking about sexual intercourse the receptivity of woman and the call to serve in the masculine. Are called to serve and to receive, the theology of the body goes into these roles of male and female on a much deeper level to reveal a truth about our call to live out her femininity or our masculinity as well as it reveals something about the very essence of who and what God is. When we talk about the nuptial analogy we are not referring to the base minimal act of sexual intercourse but rather we are talking about the complementarity of men and women made in the image and likeness of God with differences that will reveal many things to us. We must be clear the word sacks or sexual is immense to reveal a deeper truth about male and female not intercourse between the sex of male and female.

5. The whole reality of the church's prayer and sacramental liturgical life is modeled on the union of spouses.
All of the sacraments and the Catholic Church are experienced a spiritual way intellectual way through our will. Ms. Eden must understand that the analogy of the nuptial union is pointing to the fact that we are made male and female. Being male or female is a physical reality it is a spiritual reality and did these things do affect the receptivity of our souls. We are a relationship within our own individual selves. That relationship is intellect or will our souls and our physical bodies. We are not just a body we are not just a soul we are not just an intellect or will but a relationship of all three of these things. This points to a higher truth of God. God is God the father they give her of all life is God who receives the love of the father and reciprocate that love back to the father the holy spirit is the fire of love that burns between the persons of the father and the person of the son creating a third person in the holy Trinity. God is the relationship of persons. God is not just the father God is not just the sun god is not just the Holy Spirit. When we understand thisthe whole reality of the church's prayer in our sacramental life is understood in a beautiful way. To say the sacramental liturgical life is modeled on the union of spouses is actually saying of the inter-connection between male and female or masculine and feminine the relationship of persons and their relationship within ourselves and those around us.

6. The Joy of sex in all its orgasmic grounder is meant to be a foretaste in some way of the joys of heaven.
I only have three words to say; “God is love” by Pope Benedict the XVI. Read it.

7. God created sexual desire as the power to love as he loves.
In her understanding of sexual desire this would be a faulty assumption. Sexual desire when understood as sex of being a noun, is a gift given from God so that we may love as he loves. To say God created the feminine heart and with in it ability to connect to the world through this femininity to love in a way that God loves would not be denied. To say that God created the masculine heart with the ability to connect to the world through his masculinity to love in a way that God loves would not be denied. This is what Christopher West teaches. This is what Pope John Paul II teaches.

8. Mature purity enables liberation from Concupiscence.
The fault here lies in Ms. Eden's understanding of what mature purity is. She somehow thinks that Mr. West feels that persons within opportunities to fall or into occasions of sin so that they may grow into mature purity when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. What West has always tried to share within his presentations reveals that lies within the cross. Christ can read D- and has come to steal our brokenness. Theology of the body challenges us to grow it in mature purity past learning custody of the eyes and beyond it. What Pope John Paul II reveals is that through the grace of God through the redeeming p ower of Christ on the cross we can grow in mature purity to a point where we can look upon ourselves not only as our bride but as our sister bride. The point can be made that in a dating relationship if a man struggles with the desire to use the other as an object to satisfy sexual desire that being married will not suddenly allow him to be free from judgment in this area. God sees into the inner workings of our hearts can only objectify that to which he is betrothed than marriage will not suddenly and miraculously change that heart. Although sexual union between husband and wife is not committing fornication or premarital sex, there still will lie judgment on his heart for object defined his spouse if he can not learn to enter more deeply into giving himself as a gift and receiving the gift of his wife as more than just a means to an end.

9.The song of songs is of great importance to a proper understanding of Christianity.
The song of songs is of great importance to proper understanding of masculine and feminine. For those of us who have been abused for those of us who have not seen the purity of love and desire they can be reciprocated between men and women we see in the song of songs we see in the song of songs the purity of heart that we are all capable and called to. Building upon this understanding of masculine and feminine we see a call to holy Communion. We see a relationship of persons. All of these things point us to our Creator. Building on this understanding we begin to understand as a relationship of persons that we too must engage our physical bodies are intellect and free will as well as our sole to receive the graces of which God has in store for us. Building on this understanding we we can see how the Catholic church is the one true church they can satisfy all of these truths. We see that God seeks to have a physical relationship with us and that is demonstrated through the physical reception of the sacraments. These are the foundations of our Christian faith. God desires to have a spiritual relationship with us that his wife to the physical reception of the sacraments they become a conduit of grace that flow in to our souls. The song of songs offer a great importance to those who receive it because our wills can be more properly engaged and submitted to the will of God because we see the lover and the beloved in their wholeness and their completeness. We see in the songs of songs. Purity of heart. Through the reading and contemplation of the song of songs the desire to submit our will to that of God's will for our lives can be fufilled. It is a piece of the puzzle so to speak.


10. The meaning of marriage in encapsulated in intercourse.
Not only does Pope John Paul II say that the marital embrace is an “enactment” of the sacrament, but so does St. Thomas. If the meaning of marriage is to give your life to another fully and freely, faithfully and fruitfully, then doe the marital embrace reveal all these same truths? What about a means of grace? Is the marital embrace a conduit of grace to grow in holiness? We are called to know God, does the marital embrace reveal something about God? We are called to Love God, do we learn to love as God loves when we give ourselves in the marital embrace fully, freely, faithfully, and fruitfully, learning to not use the other as an object? If the opposite of love is use then I would have to say yes. We are called to serve God to be with Him forever in Heaven. Does the marital embrace help us to grow in holiness as a means of receiving grace into our souls that we may one day be with Him in heaven?

I am not sure these 10

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