Friday, March 17, 2006
I'm sure the question crosses your mind two, three times a day. I want to venture into deep space, but which crew should I travel with?
There's the all-human-but-flexible-morality crew of Serenity (Firefly). Or the part android, part testosterone group aboard the Millennium Falcon (Star Wars). Now, at long last, there is a survey that answers this question, at warp speed no less.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Augustine: You awaken me to delight in your mouth, and my lips are restless until they’re kissing you.
Luther: If the Word of God tells me to kiss, then I will kiss—and let the pope, the world and the devil be damned!
Adolf von Harnack: Jesus’ own simple teaching about kissing was immediately eclipsed by the early Christians’ Hellenistic approach to kissing.
Karl Barth: “I kiss you.” There are three related problems to consider here. I kiss you. I kiss you. I kiss you.
Hans Urs von Balthasar: Kissing is not only true and good, but it is beautiful.
Hans Küng: The Church’s approach to kissing is in urgent need of the most radical and most far-reaching reform.
Wolfhart Pannenberg: One’s first kiss is a proleptic anticipation of all that is still to come.
N. T. Wright: Every kiss is a dramatic enactment of our return from exile.
Billy Graham: Will you walk down the aisle and kiss me tonight? Will you do it tonight? You many never have another chance—you might be dead tomorrow!
Gerd Lüdemann: After many years of careful research, I have decided to kiss my faith goodbye.
Meister Eckhart: I kiss God and God kisses me. We kiss with the same lips.
Calvin: Even though you don't deserve me, I chose to kiss you.
Calvin:My kiss I give to you, promptly and sincerely.
Moltmann: A kiss is a present promise of the future hope. Yeah baby!
Marcus Borg: I'd like to kiss you again, for the first time.
Thomas Aquinas: "There are five ways to prove the existence of a kiss...."
Thomas Aquinas: Kissing is an occasion of lust unless it is the custom of the country.
Walter Brueggemann - There is the kiss and the counterkiss and if one wins, we both lose.
Stanley Hauerwas: In the community established upon the principle of nonviolence, the question 'whom should I kiss' never arises - since to refuse to kiss is itself an act of violence. We kiss not because Jesus recommended it, but because in Jesus we discover that God is a kisser. So you'd all better damn well pucker up.
Some Patristic additions:
Ignatius of Antioch: I can’t wait to kiss those lions!
Justin Martyr: Greek kisses and Jewish kisses were preparations for The Kiss.
Irenaeus: Those ridiculous Gnostics have invented 30 crazy ways to kiss and not one of them is the True Kiss.
Tertullian: There will be no kissing! But I can provide you with a whole new Latin vocabulary on the subject.
Athanasius: A kiss is both human and divine.
Anselm: Why a kiss is satisfying.
Aquinas: Substantially, a kiss is no accident.
Huss: Allow us to kiss with both lips!