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5 Responses to “The End of Sex?”

  1. Dave T says:

    Mike, how much of the left-brained-ness that we all seem to have – until perhaps we awake as from a slumber – would you attribute to both or either of the following: 1.) “science talk” as if it’s the end-all to knowledge, so that nothing is true unless it’s quantified in some way, and 2.) a failure to do theology well because of an ill-focus on formulaic interpretation, i.e., a failure to see Jesus speaking symbolically or ironically. Granted, one has to have a well-trained subjectivity on a strong leash. For example, if we see Jesus say the words for money we assume he’s talking only about money, and not about the heart, or loyalties, or “the world” vs. the kingdom. Only a right-brain inclination can see past quantification and see into metaphor – and therefore see past signifiers and into deeper issues vs. surface symptoms.

  2. Mike Metzger says:

    Dave:

    Well said. I agree on both counts. Right on!

    I’ll try to tease this out a bit more in the coming weeks. It’s worth noting that Iain McGilchrist describes left brain thinking as better with language but is ultimately lifeless. The lifelessness leads to the death of sex.

  3. George Hepburn says:

    Mike,

    I believe you have hit the nail on the head here.

    Sex without telos. I hear of this as I listen to men speaking freely of how they express their sex lives.

    All one has to do is spend some time on the golf course or at the pub and you will quickly get an earful corroborating the findings of some of the studies you have cited.

    I find it sad to say the least, and certainly turning away from God’s plan for us in the bedroom.

    I believe the joy of a healthy, satisfying sexual relationship is lost if expressed outside of a God ordained marriage.

    Thanks for stepping into this much needed topic.

  4. Jeff Simpson says:

    Just read this article from The Atlantic which also touches on eros as “thirst for otherness.”

    “Why Happy People Cheat” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/why-happy-people-cheat/537882/

    “Sometimes when we seek the gaze of another, it’s not our partner we are turning away from, but the person we have become. We are not looking for another lover so much as another version of ourselves. The Mexican essayist Octavio Paz described eroticism as a ‘thirst for otherness.’ So often, the most intoxicating ‘other’ that people discover in an affair is not a new partner; it’s a new self.”

  5. Josh Glaser says:

    Hi Mike, if there’s any place in your three posts on this topic to mention Christopher West’s “God, Sex, and the Meaning of Life” coming to Timonium on November 10, that would be great. (Here’s the link: http://corproject.com/events/god-sex-the-meaning-of-life-baltimore/.)

    Whether or not you do, thanks for what you do!

    Gratefully,
    Josh Glaser

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