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A lily among the thorns : imagining a new Christian by Miguel A. De La Torre

By Miguel A. De La Torre

A Lily one of the Thorns supplies Christians a brand new frame of mind approximately sexuality. writer Miguel De l. a. Torre, a well-respected ethicist and professor recognized for his cutting edge readings of Christian doctrine, rejects either the liberal and conservative prejudices approximately intercourse. freeing the feminine physique -- releasing the physique of colour -- The physique and its pleasures -- A sexual ethics for the physique -- nice intercourse in marriage -- intercourse and the only Christian -- Same-sex relationships -- Predatory intercourse

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How then do women enter into a covenant with God if there is no penis to circumcise? It follows that to reserve that covenant for men only, the privilege of having a penis must therefore be protected at all costs from the threat of women. Hence the biblical enjoinment that if during a brawl, a woman liberating the female body 17 ‘‘puts out her hand and lay hold of [a man’s] genitals, then you shall cut off her hand and your eyes shall not pity her’’ (Deuteronomy 25:11–12). It is true that the Bible refers to God as a ‘‘He,’’ but God is also said to have eyes, ears, a strong arm, and so on.

According to this understanding, because man liberating the female body 25 came first, and woman came from man’s side, he was created in the image of God while she was created in the image of man. God creates natural dualism: spirit-flesh, rational-emotional, subject-object, and male-female. Because man was closer to the spirit, he was a rational subject ordained to rule—and because woman was closer to the flesh, she was an emotional object ordained to be ruled. Thus, subjecting woman to man became the natural manifestation of subjecting passion to reason.

The gods of the people surrounding the Hebrews were depicted in small statuettes about the size of a hand. If these gods were female they were manifested with large, pendulous breasts, broad hips, and prominently featured vaginas. The male god statuettes usually were depicted with large, protruding and erect penises. Even though this was the norm for fertility gods, the god of the Hebrews, who was also responsible for creating and sustaining all that has life, had neither breasts nor a penis. The revolutionary concept of the Hebrew god is that this God was neither male nor female and thus was male and female.

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