Monday, February 4, 2008

Interesting Quote from Christopher West

Any of you remember Jerome Linus German? His Catholic sf novel One Like Us is probably one of the first things I should read and review when I come back from Lent (and Mr. German, get your book over to the Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog Tour, won't you?). German's novel is available through his website, which you can visit here.

I happened to be over there the other day and came upon this page, where I found an interesting quote from Christopher West, which I thought worth passing on:

I remember attending the Second World Meeting of John Paul II with Families in Brazil in 1997. Nursing mothers were a common sight at this international gathering. What I found intriguing, however, was that women from "first-world" nations tended to drape themselves and sit off in a corner, while women from other nations seemed to have no qualms whatsoever about feeding their babies in full view of others. I remember one woman unabashedly roaming the crowd passing all manner of bishops and cardinals with her breast fully exposed while her child held on to it with both hands happily feeding. The only people flinching seemed to be those from the northern hemisphere.

Isn't it interesting that the part of the world producing the most pornography and exporting it to the rest of the globe has seemed to lose all sense of the true meaning of the human breast? What a commentary on the sad state of our sexually wounded culture! Breasts have been so pornified that we can fall into thinking that even their proper use is shameful. In other words, we have been so conditioned to see a woman's body through the prism of lust that we find it very difficult to recognize the purity and innocence of breast-feeding.

I don't know how I feel about porn as a verb, but I like what West has to say, as I usually do. Incidentally, according to Strong's, the words breast or breasts>appear 45 times in scripture, and only eight of those are sexual.
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