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The mainstream place of the Christian church on sexuality was once probably most sensible summed up by way of Pope blameless III (1160-1216) while he said that “the sexual act is so shameful that it's intrinsically evil. ” one other Christian theologian maintained that the “Holy Ghost is absent from the room shared via a wedded couple. ” What Philip documents in his gospel is that Christ stated exactly the contrary: The nuptial chamber is actually the holy of holies. For Philip the holy trinity contains the female presence. God is the daddy, the Holy Ghost is the mum, and Jesus is the Son. Neither guy nor lady on my own is created within the photo of God. it is just of their dating with one another--the sacred include during which they percentage the divine breath--that they resemble God.

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Others might undergo a kind of ethicalreligious vertigo that ensues when one enters Kierkegaard’s plurivocal authorship, especially where he questions deeply held assumptions about good and evil, or offers alternative frameworks only to deconstruct his own constructions. People of other faiths or no faith tradition may be intrigued by a project that takes human fragility, fallibility, and fault seriously, perhaps believing that too many Christians equate salvation with easy protection from sin and temptation.

12 How then is the professor of our imagined scenario to respond to the student? ” when she is aware of the host of sometimes intersecting, sometimes conflicting felix culpa traditions in and out of church, which focus alternatively on Christ, reason, and the human spirit, the professor might very well keep quiet, unsure of what to say. ” Our Gadfly Guide This book is an attempt to respond to the question of our imagined student. Actually, it wants to keep asking the felix culpa question and prevent any one response from becoming decisive.

Recognizing the ambiguity of the Genesis story calls into question our preference for moralistic (and often patriarchal, heterosexist, and imperialistic) obedience to dogma over the painful knowledge that comes with transgression. The titles of provocative projects such as Kathleen Sands’s Escape from Paradise, Jefferey Kripal’s The Serpent’s Gift, and John Caputo’s Against Ethics, authored in part through the pseudonym Felix Sineculpa,11 suggest possibilities that are available only when we leave theological sanctuaries.

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