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May 20th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: May 20 – Pentecost Sunday

         One of the lasting legacies of the Western’s Church’s emphasis on the myth of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the fall of humanity is our suspicion of our bodies. That fall myth relating to Adam and Eve—which I believe is absolutely a false interpretation—has left us with the idea that spirit is good and flesh is bad.  Flesh gets us into trouble.  It tempts us to do things we don’t want to do.  We don’t like the flesh we inhabit.  And I know many people who have spent years in counselling dealing with their own self-view of their embodied selves—me included.

         I don’t know where my own sense of body got distorted.  I was not taught the myth that the created bodily world was bad—at least not in my home. But, it was everywhere in literature, movies, and entertainment.  I grew up at the tail end of the sexual revolution, but all that accomplished—in a gross generalization—was to elevate perfect bodies to the status of gods and goddesses.  Billboards taught us that you had to be like Robert Redford if you were male and Raquel Welch if you were female—I’m dating myself big time here!

         Some time ago, shortly after I graduated from VST, I came across a theologian by the name of James Nelson.  He was an ethicist, long retired now, who took sexuality seriously and offered a theology based on the incarnation, the fact that God became flesh in Jesus.  I found it revolutionary.  This, along with »»

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