Christianity and Middle-Earth

Sunday, February 06, 2005

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex

That headline ought to fetch 'em in!

It's certainly a pertinent one, given my last post. Excerpts below from a superb article by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky:
Tolkien dearly loved his children, and he left a literary legacy in the form of letters. Many of these letters were written to his sons, and these letters represent, not only a hallmark of literary quality, but a treasure of Christian teaching on matters of manhood, marriage, and sex. Taken together, these letters constitute a priceless legacy, not only to the Tolkien boys, but to all those with whom the letters have been shared.

In 1941, Tolkien wrote a masterful letter to his son Michael, dealing with marriage and the realities of human sexuality. The letter reflects Tolkien's Christian worldview and his deep love for his sons, and at the same time, also acknowledges the powerful dangers inherent in unbridled sexuality.

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Even as he celebrated the integrity of Christian marriage, Tolkien advised Michael that true faithfulness in marriage would require a continual exercise of the will. Even in marriage, there remains a demand for denial, he insisted. "Faithfulness in Christian marriage entails that: great mortification. For a Christian man there is no escape. Marriage may help to sanctify and direct to its proper object his sexual desires; its grace may help him in the struggle; but the struggle remains. It will not satisfy him--as hunger may be kept off by regular meals. It will offer as many difficulties to the purity proper to that state, as it provides easements. No man, however truly he loved his betrothed and bride as a young man, has lived faithful to her as a wife in mind and body without deliberate conscious exercise of the will, without self-denial."

Read it all.

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And I would like to point out two new articles by David Bass regarding, firstly, Terri Schiavo, and, secondly, the Woman who just lately dismounted her Beast.

Those following the Schiavo affair will also find this article of interest. (If you can help, please do!)

Christian Groups Rally Support for Terri Schindler Schiavo

 

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