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Poly Christians

To: alt.polyamory
From: zardoz 
Subject: Re: Poly Christians
Date: 2 Feb 1996 16:10:04 GMT (Dave Hutchison) wrote:
> (Joe Helfrich) wrote:
>Lots of good ideas about poly Christians.
>Joe, the problem with most Christians is they have no idea how the sex
>negative ideas got into tradational Christianity.  It didn't exist in
>biblical times.  Men could have as many wives and concubines as they wished
>as could more modern day Catholic Priensts until 11th Century.  Certain
>Greek works such as "porneia" have been totally twisted to mean things that
>were not meant in the original biblical texts (fornication).

When I was in high school, the Latin teacher was a drop out Catholic 
Priest.  While a Priest he had devoted his life to the study of Peter, 
and had spent several years in the basement catacombs of the Vatican 
reading old scrolls and such that had been omitted from the teachings of 
the church.  The more he studied, the more conflict he saw between what 
he studied and the church he was a Priest in, and eventually dropped out 
of the Catholic Priesthood.

He told interesting stories of Peter.  He said that Peter originally 
taught that nobody should bother getting married - because the day of the 
second coming was at hand soon, and there wouldn't be time to raise a 
family, etc.  He also said that Peter was enamoured with women, and made 
a general practice of *loving* as many as he could, which was both his 
practice and teaching. Part of why he quit the Priesthood was to practice 
the amourous teachings of Peter rather than the celebacy of the church. 

It seems that the teachings of Paul were anti-body and the basis for much 
current (and historical) antagonism for sexuality.  It has always been a 
conflict in xian theology.

Blessed Be!


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