“Reading is a form of prayer; I know. Divine reading, lectio divina, is a way of communion with God in scripture, the Living Word. But is it wrong that Iâ€™ve had more profound experiences of Godâ€™s presence reading Anna Karenina, Middlemarch, Kristin Lavransdatter, and my childrenâ€™s copies of Frog and Toad?”
Perhaps it is sex that has driven us mad. I think rather it must be boredom. We are so bored, we not only cannot be bothered to remember what our opponents say. We cannot be bothered to remember what we ourselves say.
Marriage, which has always been “unequal,” yoking together two very different kinds of bodies, must now be “equal,” measured only by the sincerity of one’s love and commitment. To insist on the importance of bodies is to challenge the sovereign self, to suggest that our ethical options are limited by something we did not choose.
There is one other consistent position that Christians can hold, though we will hold it at great social cost, at least for the foreseeable future: that bodies matter. Indeed, that both male and female bodies are of ultimate value and dignityâ€”not a small thing given the continuing denigration of women around the world.”
“. . . abortion actually oppresses women. Procedurally what abortion requires is the silencing of a womanâ€™s body and the unmitigated dismissing of her gender. Weâ€™ve accepted abortion as a right that celebrates a womanâ€™s ownership of her body. But the procedure necessarily requires that a woman deny her gender by silencing and disallowing a natural and distinguishing result of womanhood. In every other facet of feminism, we celebrate a womanâ€™s body, we honor her identity as a female. But abortion ignores her femininity . . .”