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8 Responses to “Graphic Novel (pt. 4)”

  1. Mark Elson says:

    Mike thanks for expressing this piece of the “full gospel”. Having an apologetic that best explains reality in all areas of this existence is what is required of us.
    It is always amazing to see the comprehensiveness of God’s reality revealed by correlating how physical mysteries – the lure of physical women- can reflect the larger reality – mystery to a divine reality and divine Gospel.

  2. Beach Bum says:

    Hi Mike, thanks for fearlessly going where lesser men will not tread. One cannot cover every inch of the topic, but other facts come to mind: ever notice that women know they have these breasts? I’m not sure it’s “fair” to describe the “encounter” as simply men leering, and to leave the commentary on the encounter there. Perhaps this will be examined in future parts of your commentary. Any woman could choose to go to the beach in a full suit of armor – but they don’t. We can’t really talk as if there’s a one-way blame-game going on at the beach or nearly anywhere in 21st century western society. I’m not exactly sure how to put this, but how might you get around to the healthy side of this encounter? I’ve disguised my name so that reading friends don’t lynch me for misunderstanding my good intentions in bringing this up: those breasts are there and they’re bringing people together. Try to ignore them or paint their observation or their presentation as only luridness and I think we’re missing a big point. You certainly have highlighted marital joys but if boys and girls 9 to 29 are going to be condemned for noticing or displaying beauty, we could use more assurance that we’re not just hell-fire kindling for noticing what we were made to notice and presenting what seems meaningful to present. I love how you say there’s meaning in “them thar hills”. I completely agree.

  3. marble says:

    Gotta hand it to you, Metz – you always make me think!

    Thanks for another provocative piece. . . . no, pun was not intended, but enjoyed nonetheless. 🙂

  4. John Chaffin says:

    So what exactly does preaching a “full-body” gospel mean? Is it presented as part of commitment to Christ to be understood before baptism? Or is it part of what Jesus implied in “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you?” Or is it “both/and,” or is it neither, just a curiosity? Will understanding and embracing a “full-body” gospel really produce a change in our lives?

  5. Biz says:

    “The gospel is the wedding of divinity and humanity, best told in our sexuality as male and female.”

    Excellent!

  6. godofbiscuits says:

    Ironically American-centric view of “what gets covered up on beaches”.

  7. Dave Thom says:

    If I may say how I understand Mike, John Chaffin, a full-body gospel is a description of the way things really are in relation to the human body and its relationship to God Who Is, in the same way that a description of the cross and resurrection in the way we usually do as Christians describes those instances of events for what they really are: critical to understanding Christ’s bodily appearance on Earth. I think we can continue to “fill-out” a full-body understanding of things the way they really are when we think we have discovered better understandings. I don’t understand how anyone can know or think they know what constitutes a least or most common denominator gospel: there is no “itemization” in scripture of a fullest or least-full gospel. Understanding Mike’s take on a full-bodied-ness to the gospel does change my life. But I don’t think it’s the kind of thing needed to be understood before baptism.

  8. Mike Metzger says:

    Beach bum

    You make many good points that make me think (since I’ve never had the pleasure of being adorned with female breasts) that perhaps this perspective would be best told by you in a future column! Gin on that… and rest assured that we have, as you so aptly put, not covered “every square inch” of this intoxicating story. Sneak peek – next week we’ll go the Louvre and admire the nudity. Kids do it everyday. If that’s too far away and since you are a beach bum, go the beach. There are instances of the female body being adorned in such a way that it highlights the feminine form without completely covering it up.

    John: I submit that Flannery O’Conner got it right. “The things we taste and touch and feel affect us long before we believe anything at all.” The mystery of maturity is that is seeps into our lives as much or more through our pores than our mind.

    godofbiscuits:

    You are correct. Of course it is. But take care not to throw the baby out with the Western bath water. It is quite the fashion of academia for example to tar an entire matter by calling it “Western.” Niall Ferguson and Rodney Stark are two academicians who thin-slice history in a far more wise manner, noting how the Western tradition has made many contributions to human flourishing. I fully recognize that there are societies where women do not wear tops, as well as many European beaches. I’m not saying the West get’s it entirely correct in this matter.

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