Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tom Rapsas consults Moore's Writing in the Sand

Tom Rapsas draws on Thomas Moore's writings in two recent mentions for his Wake Up Call blog with Patheos. On 13 February 2019 he posts, "Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene Lovers?" while referring to Moore's book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus, Spirituality and the Soul of the Gospels and the gnostic gospels. Rapsas concludes with a quote by Moore:
"How you imagine Jesus’ sexuality may depend on how you feel about sex. If you think it’s contemptible or at least a low part of human nature, you may not want a sexual picture of Jesus. If you see the beauty and full significance of sexuality, you may understand how important it is to allow Jesus his sexuality. Anything less acknowledges his incarnation except for sexuality — and that makes no sense."
Then on 16 February 2019 Rapsas tweets a link to last year's "What’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything." with the comment "Love isn't just for Valentine's Day." For this blog post he also uses Moore's Writing in the Sand for discussing agape. Rapsas writes, "Agape is often associated with Jesus and his unconditional love of humankind."

Friday, February 01, 2019

UVU president would put Moore on wall of fame

Under this week's headline, "How Astrid Tuminez went from Filipino slums to president of UVU, and her inspiring message for young people", Boyd Matheson,  Deseret News opinion editor, talks with the president of Utah Valley University for his Therefore, What? podcast.

According to the interview transcript in Deseret News, Matheson asks Tuminez whom she would include on her personal Wall of Fame. Her response includes, "And one of my favorite books is called Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore. I'd probably put him on there."