By Umberto Eco, Carlo Maria Martini
An enlightened, lively trade that would resonate with believers and nonbelievers alike.
One is the loved writer of The identify of the Rose, a celebrated pupil, thinker, and self-declared secularist; the opposite is a preeminent clergyman and a revered professional at the New testomony. during this intellectually stimulating discussion, frequently antagonistic yet continually amicable, those nice males, who stand on contrary aspects of the church door, speak about essentially the most arguable problems with our day, together with the apocalypse, abortion, ladies within the clergy, and ethics. As we voyage onward into the recent millennium, they body a debate approximately issues that experience already started to rage, continuously conscious of the gulf among trust and nonbelief that separates them, continually probing and hard, but in addition respectful of the other’s standpoint. For believers and nonbelievers alike, the result's either edifying and illuminating. “Their correspondence,” writes Professor Harvey Cox in his creation, “lifts the potential of clever dialog on faith to a brand new level.”
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His mortal followers consumed great quantities of wine and lived for their hedonistic partying. 32 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M POETRY 33 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M Sexy Stanzas Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you, You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as if in a dream). I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you, All is recall’d as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured. You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me, I ate with you and slept with you – Your body has become not yours only nor left my body mine only.
34 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass – You take of my face, breast, hands in return, I am not to speak to you – I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone, I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again, I am to see to it that I do not lose you. Walt Whitman from To A Stranger 35 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M Now therefore, while the youthful hue Sits on thy skin like morning dew, And while thy willing soul transpires At every pore with instant fires, Now let us sport us while we may; And now, like am’rous birds of prey, Rather at once our time devour, 36 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M Than languish in his slow-chapp’d power.
Or ever marked the pretty beam A strawberry shows half-drown’d in cream? Or seen rich rubies blushing through A pure smooth pearl and orient too? So like to this, nay all the rest, Is each neat niplet of her breast. Robert Herrick From, Upon the Nipples of Julia’s Breast 57 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M There were once two young people of taste Who were beautiful down to the waist. So they limited love To the regions above, And thus remained perfectly chaste. ’ – Wedding Traditions from Around the World 59 S E X , L O V E & H E D O N I S M Weddings.