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Saturday, August 31, 2019

How do we solve the problem of desire?

In the Face of Sexual Temptation, Repression Is a Sure-Fire Failure
In the Face of Sexual Temptation, Repression Is a Sure-Fire Failure
How do we solve the problem of desire? Christian asceticism offers an alternative way.
Rachel Gilson
My first relationship to desire was to give in to it. As a teenager in the early aughts, I believed that life was found by identifying my desires and rushing toward their satisfaction. I played this out in academics and especially in sexuality. My life beat to the pulse of Ariana Grande’s chant, “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.” The right response to desire was indulgence.
Unbeknownst to me as a nonChristian, the purity movement was running in parallel. Those who experienced ...
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