Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

    Contact us if you'd like get involved:
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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

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Against the cold winter wind (Love in the rWorld Part 3)

Posted by Dale Kuehne on November 5, 2010


Against the cold winter wind by Leah Kuehne Oil on Paper http://www.leahkuehne.com/Home.html

Continued from Monday …

So if the rWorld is based on love, and if love is discovered and experienced and expressed in:

Loving God
Loving Self
Loving Neighbor

does this mean you have to be religious to be a citizen of the rWorld?

No.

Everyone who wishes to discover, experience, and express love in all of its dimensions, and live in a world that fosters it is welcome.

Much of what passes for religion in the iWorld is simply a means to justify the values of the iWorld.

Since I published Sex and the iWorld and began this blog, I’ve been almost universally ignored by the religious community in the US, and I’ve received many invitation to speak in a non-religious context.

I’ve come to the conclusion it is not part of the business plan of the American church to talk about sex.

I’ve come to the conclusion it is not part of the business plan of the American church to embrace the fundamental institutional and personal change that transitioning to the rWorld requires.

If the only people who could develop the rWorld were religious it would be a very lonely endeavor.

No, everyone who wishes to discover, experience, and express love in all of its dimensions, and live in a world that fosters it is welcome.

So why do we have to speak of God?

Because we need to be open to love wherever it may be found and this includes being open to God.

Aristotle was certainly not religious, but he recognized that in order to understand life in the fullest and deepest sense we need to explore everything including the transcendent. Aristotle argued that the very nature of philosophy was to explore that which we could spend eternity exploring and never fully know. For Aristotle that was the Prime Mover, that being which created and put everything into motion. He didn’t consider this exploration religious, he considered it to be the heart of philosophy. Saint Thomas Aquinas comes along in the Middle Ages, and renames the Prime Mover the Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For him this exploration is religious.

Everyone who wishes to discover, experience, and express love in all of its dimensions, and live in a world that fosters it is welcome to the rWorld.

To be continued ….

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2 Responses to “Against the cold winter wind (Love in the rWorld Part 3)”

  1. Bruce Meyer said

    Absolutely, my friend.
    I remember trying to introduce a contemporary classical poem + piano piece, one that I wrote the piano part for and joined with a poet. It worked, I thought. The Christian audience, well, umm, I just misread what would fly.
    The Christian Media Business doesn’t have room in it for talk about sex, or death, or love, or beauty, or really anything with much reality at all. But that’s all right, in a way. Those of us who have something real to share can go to a secular venue, and just do it there. The Christians in the world almost all live the rest of their lives there. When they want to deal with something real like sex, death, beauty or love, they go where the reality is.
    I first noticed this in 1973 with the release of Noel Paul Stookey’s Paul And lp. CCM was just getting going, known as Jesus Music. A friend of mine owned “Paul And.” I said, oh, you bought a Jesus Music record. He said, no, it’s just a regular album. Aha, light goes on.
    Lots of Christian creative artists have gone through the process of getting burned out and then going secular and complaining about being rejected by the Church. My conclusion on the other hand is to let church be about preaching and sacraments, and if I want to do ANYTHING ELSE, go do that in the world, and keep the sacred content intact. Just like Noel Paul Stookey, Mahalia Jackson, and the like. Not “crossover”, just, do what you do and find your audience there.

  2. thai seo said

    good molly Signpostings , i review your blog , be a nice blog and perfect. Best for me. a lot of music and rWorld content. i going to often to read and review your website.

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