Dr. Sarah Coakley – Theology of Desire


This link has just been passed to me by a Facebook contact, and contains a very important informative brief talk on the subject of the Theology of Desire – a matter of great interest to anyone who may be trying to come to grips with current challenges in the Christian Church, on the place of erotic desire in the life of Christian discipleship.

Dr Coakley is a foremost Anglican theologian who has taught theologiy at several well-known and prestigious institutions – including, more recently, Harvard University. She is happily married, and has much to offer in the way of mature reflection on the married state, offering her considered opinion that such a state of faithful commitment to one other person need not necessarily be confined to the binary, heterosexual norm.

Dr.Coakley compares the thoughts of Plato’s Symposium with those of St. Gregory of Nyssa – as being in some ways comparable; while yet crediting Freud with a latter-day growth in his own understanding of sexuality and the possibility of a mature and learned sublimation of all desire in our love for our partner, our world, and ultimately, she believes, for union with God.

Do tap into the link provided. It will provide you with some real food for reflection!

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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