“He said human beings are made for love not use … she was unpacking a ‘theology of the heart’ which integrated body, mind and soul.”
According to Anna, our minds also need to be “centre stage”.
“I also want to argue that the mind and the heart really need our decisions, and our intellect to be trained, strengthened and acknowledged, but without taking the heart and the body into account we are making human beings into robots, columns, angels, something less than concrete, something less than real,” Anna said.
The Melbourne intellectual is known for “vivid storytelling” combined with her “theatrical talents”.
“A memorable comment was ‘we need smart sex – there is no condom for the heart’,” Allison said.
“The heart is still exposed even if there is a condom. “The two are inseparable.”
Anna’s advice for finding our way “back to true love” was based in scripture.
“It goes back to Adam and Eve where God said it was ‘very good’,” Allison said.
“God made Adam and Eve with their hearts and bodies and their goodness.
“Christ gave his body and heart on the cross. “He shows us how he loves so that everything about us can be healed and made whole.
“We need conversation in these critical parts of ourselves … we need to cultivate our hearts to learn to love.”
Faith on Tap will extend this “love theme” with a play exploring relationships at their final 2009 gathering on December 14.
For more information go to their website www.faithontap.org.au
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