Thursday, January 16, 2014

We Enjoy Real Sex Too Little

In his book The Weight of Glory, CS Lewis wrote:
If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about w/ drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum b/c he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. (26)
Trevin Wax, in his book Holy Subversion, applies this principle to the Caesar, or idol, of sex and sexuality.
Perhaps our society's never-ending quest for the Caesar of Sex is actually an attempt to quench our thirst for transcendence with something or someone other than God. In a rationalistic, modern-day society where many of the leading intellectuals believe they can explain all human happenings scientifically, perhaps sex remains one of the last places of refuge for those seeking something that transcends the world of space, time, and matter - something that cannot quite be summed up in a scientific treatise. And yet our culture's obsession with sex may actually be a sign - not that we enjoy too much, but that we enjoy true sex too little. (106)
Wax's point is that our culture's obsession with sex and self-autonomy expressed through sexuality is more than mere biology, but theology. All of us are looking for joy, peace, love, and freedom, but only such things can truly be found in Christ. Joy is found not in our circumstances, but in Christ. Peace is found, not in what we do, but in what Christ has already accomplished on our behalf. Love is defined & given by a Savior, not a partner. Freedom is found, not in our autonomy, but only in Christ.

The sexual revolution, and the dystopian world of loneliness and pain it created in its wake, has always been a search for love, peace, joy, and freedom. It has only produced the opposite. Our desires are too weak, Lewis says. We enjoy true sex too little, Wax argues. They are both right.


From Lewis' Pen Series
From Lewis' Pen: Lead us, Evolution, Lead us
From Lewis' Pen: Lead us, Evolution, Lead us
From Lewis' Pen: An Exaggerated Feminine Type
From Lewis' Pen: Theology as a Map


For more:
Lewis on Practical Theology
Lewis on the Why of Democracy
From Uncle Screwtape:  Christianity and Politics 
Theology As a Map: Lewis, Practical Theology, and the Trinity
"Screwtape Letters" by CS Lewis: A Review
The Most Unpopular of Christian Virtues: Lewis on Chasity - Part 1
The Most Unpopular of Christian Virtues: Lewis on Chasity - Part 2
The Most Unpopular of Christian Virtues: Lewis on Chasity - Part 3 
"Willing Slaves of the Welfare State": CS Lewis on Freedom, Science, and Society - Part 1
"Willing Slaves of the Welfare State": CS Lewis on Freedom, Science, and Society - Part 2
He is Not a Tame Lion: Aslan, Jesus, and the Limits of Postmodern Inclusivism  
To Be Undragoned: Aslan, Christ, and the Gift of Regeneration 
Lewis on Practical Theology  
Lewis on the Why of Democracy
From Uncle Screwtape:  Christianity and Politics      
Theologians I Have Been Influenced By - The Dead
"The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism" Full Documentary
Beyond Narnia:  A Great Documentary 
"Surprised by Joy" by Lewis
"Jack:  A Life of CS Lewis"  
"The Great Divorce" by Lewis
"Finding God in the Land of Narnia
"A Mixture of Fool and Knave": CS Lewis on Theological Liberalism


For more on Trevin Wax:
"Clear Winter Nights" by Trevin Wax: A Review
"No Longer Just a Hobby": An Interview With Trevin Wax
Rival Eschatologies: NT Wright on Christianity and the Enlightenment 
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