Monday, November 11, 2013

Christopher West, etc.

"Flowers are nature's most beautiful reproductive organ."

Christopher West said that at the seminar in the sanctuary after going up to the altar and pointing at it, saying in a high-strung tone, "Do you know what this is?! Do you know what this is?! This is the marriage bed where the bridegroom comes down to the bride!"

Of course, with all things analogical which West penetrates: yes in a different context, but absolutely no in West's penetration; in West's utterly depleting and deleterious use of analogy - or, to be more accurate, his wrenched and tortuous abuse of analogous language. He is what I call a "reverse processor". It would initially sound like a compliment, like he was some kind of genius, except that it's not.

Anyways, it was after this that he picked up the bouquet of flowers sitting in front of the pulpit and proclaimed, "Do you know what flowers are? Flowers are nature's most beautiful reproductive organ! Why does a bride walk down the aisle with flowers? They are reproductive organs. When we visit someone in the hospital we bring them reproductive organs."

And on and on, being the breathless example of how "When you have the ears to hear it, the eyes to see it, the Song of Songs is everywhere!"

It was while he was talking about how flowers are nature's most beautiful reproductive organ (of course if he said "vagina" or even "genitalia" it would have been game up for Christopher West) that my mind went back to first walking into the church where in the narthex piles of Christopher West's latest book were waiting to be sold.

This book.

Which kind of reminds me of this:

That's what you call subliminal messaging.


jvc said...

Sounds like a guy who flunked biology.

Aside from that, this humorously reminds me that when his book came out, I asked five female friends with ZERO connection to Christoper West, and of all political and religious affiliation, what the book looked like to them, and every single of of them said exactly what you have pointed out.

Paul Stilwell said...

Ah, but you see, we've been blinded by biology. Reducing the body to something biological we ruin the song - the Song of Songs.

Mr. West said that. LOL.

Because, you know, he's a dualist.

You're either reducing the body to something biological or you're reading the "sign language" that God has written in our bodies.

You're either reading the Song of Songs or you're "stopping at the skin".

Some are more expert at reading the sign language than others. It's sex magic.

Kevin O'Brien said...

Paul, I linked to you - .

What to you mean by "reverse processor"?

Paul Stilwell said...

Kevin, I am in the process of answering that question which has turned into another post...