All Humans (and Many of the Gods) Are Bi

In Periclean Athens, about 10 percent of the men were strictly gay, as now. Another 10 percent (more or less) were strictly heterosexual. But the other 80 percent were bisexual. [Read more…]

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Knowledge Rather Than Faith

When the ecstasy hit, I gasped and looked up at the ceiling above my desk, where a circle of intense light filled my field of vision. I was hearing a voice that poured information into me too fast for words to form. My body felt light, as if I were floating, as if all the blackness within me had sublimed, in the chemical sense of passing directly from a solid state to a gaseous one. [Read more…]

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Rodin and Claudel

Artists sleep with their models and paint / Their lovers, fall in love and fall again. / Women are always in their lives. / Art needs love, as life needs rain. [Read more…]

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Taking Responsibility for Feelings

I see that an all-male court in Iowa has ruled that an employer can fire a woman merely because he finds her attractive. The dentist who fired her argued that he was defending family values because she was a threat to his marriage. It is almost depressing to see here the same problem that Rabbi Joshua of Nazareth preached against 2000 years ago. [Read more…]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part IV: The Logical Consequences of the First Commandment

The “First Commandment” under discussion here is not that in the Decalogue, but the one in Genesis 1:28: God blessed them by saying, “Be fertile and increase in numbers. Fill the earth and subdue it. . . . “ In the King James translation, “blessed them and said,” the blessing appears to be different from [Read More…]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part III: Prolegomena to Some Theology About Sexuality

In the original essay that I am reworking in these blogs, at this point I jumped into exegesis of some passages in Genesis and Mark. Here that would be way too abrupt. I need to provide some background on what I will be doing next. What I have written will surprise many people (at least [Read More…]

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