Been doing a series of talks at church on life's big issues--money, sex, work etc. trying to break conversations out of their natural habitats and bringing other ideas into play. I am increasingly aware of how much we assume is given in any discussion of things, coming to terms with that is complex, because it requires a breaking up of the familiar lines and assumptions we have made about a particualr topic thus far. When it comes to tackling life, awareness of our own experience with something be it money or sex is a key element--our thinking shaped by our experiences. In churches money is addressed as though we still live in the 1950s--we pass offering plates but never ask the question who carries cash anymore? We assume the Bible is clear on money, when even what money was in bible times was a moving target and nowhere near the kind of thing it is today, etc.
Anyway, tonight we are talking sex, specifically how to think more about it-an idea courtesy of Alain de Botton--more in the sense of more richly rather than more quantitatively--we'll see where we get with this one. And we won't be starting with Adam and Eve.