Self-fulfillment twisting Christianity makes a return this coming new year with Christopher West's new book, Fill These Hearts. Same old schtick. Joined with a band he's doing his Fill These Hearts tour. Best way of doing business. Forget the very recent last book and its concomitant criticisms. Pop out a new one. Full steam ahead.
The cover picture of his new book reminds me of a joke that Bob tells in the wonderful movie, What About Bob?
He's in the psychiatric unit cracking jokes with the people working there:
So a psychiatrist has a patient and he draws a circle and he says, "What do you see?"
Patient says, "I see sex."
He draws a picture of a tree and he says, "What do you think about that?"
Patient says, "Sex."
Then he draws a picture of a car, a house...
"Sex, sex, sex."
The doctor says, "Well your obsessed with sex."
Patient says, "Well you're the one drawing all the dirty pictures."
So, no, I don't really care if people think I'm nuts for saying that the cover picture of Christopher West's new book is a subliminal vagina - and was meant to be. So I just went ahead and said it - just now. I think that cover was very purposefully thought out.
It's practically the one thing West would want people to say about it, too. Because then it's a sign that they are repressing their sexual longings and secretly seeing sex everywhere. And when they are talking critically about him, it only means they're talking about their own immature impurity, and projecting it on him - and his disciples. Say, he can use the What About Bob? pop-culture reference in his talks for that. Watertight cult. Debauch Revelation. Drink that Kool-aid. It's the banquet set for you.
Met a woman once who told me that people are saying that Christopher West is a living saint. He had come up in the conversation before and I had decided to say nothing. But when she broke out with the third-party living saint bit I started to say some things. A convert was there. Ex-Lutheran pastor. Converted because of Theology of the Body written by Pope John Paul II. Not by West. Found it so beautiful he decided only someone who had the truth could have written it. I was excercising restraint in releasing my opinions. Conversation didn't go very far. Woman got the gist I didn't think West's teachings were very good - that is, not at all a true interpretation of late Pope's Wednesday talks. She wasn't beholden either way. But she took up my doubts about West and pondered.
Went to a Katrina Zeno talk once. Someone paid for me to go. Only way I would go. Waste my Saturday. This person said to me I should go and find out what this Zeno is about. He said this to me before he knew anything about what I had written about Christopher West. Told me the thought came to him in prayer that I should go. Years before, he and others were instrumental in having a West gig here cancelled. LOL. So that's the only way I went. Katrina Zeno talk. Took some Zenotes. Sound recorder didn't work too well. Whole damn day. Ugh. Zeno getting audience to repeat many times throughout her talks one mantra. Zeno would say, "Theology of the body means--" and then she would implore audience for the taught answer, and audience would chant in unison: "the body reveals God".
Many times this mantra repeated: "the body reveals God." Bloody cultish.
And who would have thought of foreskins as a prefiguration of the temple veil that was rent apart to reveal the holy of holies upon our Lord's death?
Zeno goes on about significance of old covenant of circumcision: that the foreskin is a type of "veil" that is removed, or drawn back, to reveal...reveal what you say? Now, don't be a knob!
Or, of course, for the uncircumcised, this would mean perhaps that every time the man has an erection this would be an "unveiling". Holy. Every erection is "the desire for heaven gone beserk".
I think that talk was the 15 and older one. Not sure. Didn't seem to matter with the youngins running around while the penetration of the thin vaginal membrane was being used as the other analogy for the revelation through the veil - since theology of the body means what again?
In unison now: "the body reveals God".
This is what's making the circuit these days as "Catholic teaching".
Ug think Ug's erections come from fertility god. Ug build big penis towers. Ug erect big penis tower as offering to fertility god. Ug paint many penises on cave wall. Ug like that. What then you say? How many babies you make? Ug make many. Ug blessed by fertility god with many erections.
Ahhhh yes. Of course many folk from the same Zeno talk now reading this post would be likely to go ballistic saying I am twisting it and misrepresenting it and they'll be all standing up from their computers shrieking:
But it was you see. These false prophets work with sublimation.