Thursday, March 23, 2017

Erotic Spirituality

"Faith without works is dead." James 2:17

"The quest for an adequate spirituality has become increasingly urgent in our eco-crisis. In the past, spirituality has been seen as synonymous with asceticism, spiritual discipline, meditation, prayer and otherworldly pursuits. According to a dualistic worldview, the spirit is against the body, the emotion and the appetite. We now need to speak of a holistic, bio-philic and embodied spirituality. Instead of being passive and emotionless, this new spirituality must be passionate, erotic and full of fire. It must move us to live with our full capacity, to seek justice in our relationships and to walk humbly with God and mother earth. It must evoke wonder and awe in us when we see the falling star, the autumn leaves and the morning dew."

"This passionate spirituality must enable us to work for peace. Peace is not the absence of war or conflict, but harmony, well-being and blissfulness because of just relationships. Peace is not passively waiting for politicians and strategists to work out a solution for us, but passionately active in our local communities to empower the powerless, strengthen the weak and restore what has gone wrong."

Kwok Pui-Ian, Ecology and the Recycling of Christianity

(From: Ecotheology: Voices from South and North, David G. Hallman ed.; Orbis Books 1994)

(photography by tiwago)


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