He said twaddle.
I’m sure it is a respectable word, from a fine, old family, long employed as a fit description for inane books, but the only other times I’ve encountered it, have been in the writings of and about Charlotte Mason. Is Esolen a fan or is he trying to butter me up?
This whole book, so far, has been illustrating how the physical world is not merely physical, but impacts on the spiritual as well. Esolen is not making the case that the physical is bad or less than the spiritual, rather he is elevating the physical by showing its importance – that it is part and parcel of whole of humanity and of the universe. There is power in the physical. He is saying two things: the physical, material world is good and interesting, and that there exists something more than the physical. Though we are sometimes blind to it, the physical and the spiritual are so tightly bound together that they cannot be separated, except by God himself. A man leaves his father and mother and is joined together, becomes one flesh with, his wife. This is a great mystery.
Esolen wants us to know that love is real. Love is not an “emotional itch” seeking only gratification, but is something which enables a person to see beyond himself. I’d like to stop here and thank Dr. Esolen for giving me an earworm; “What a Girl Wants” is on pretty much continual loop in my head this week.
What happens when a person or persons are awakened to the truth of the interconnectedness of the spiritual and the physical? Does it transform lives? Is there baggage?
Cindy at Ordo Amoris is hosting a book club for Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen, Ph.D.