Forum: Why does God have a man-crush on Adam?

{Graduate Studies; forum discussion regarding early Christian infatuation}

These issues of love between Abelard and Heloise…and God, put me in mind of another “love story” – the creation myth of Christianity via Paradise Lost by Milton.  God created the animals and plants and man – the plants and animals He originally created in male and female flavors so that they were able to reproduce.  Adam, however, is created solely in God’s image {fine, may sound sacrilegious, but I’m saying it anyway} and for God’s enjoyment only.  God wants Adam to love Him more than anything; God wants Adam to be happy – so He says – and not feel alone; God tells Eve, “{…}follow me, / And I will bring thee where no shadow stays / Thy coming, and thy soft embraces, he whose image thou art; him thou shalt bear / Multitudes like thyself, and thence be called Mother of human race” (Milton Book IV, 469-475).  God creates Eve for Adam but then incessantly pouts over Adam’s attention being given to Eve.  God is jealous of Adam and Eve’s connection.  Eve is jealous over Adam’s intelligence and ability to speak to God.  Adam is awestruck and madly in-love with Eve.  Vicious love triangle going on here, with animosity from Eve directed at God, animosity from God directed at Eve, and Adam’s ignorance of the conflict.  Unlike Abelard who finds contentedness with his love covenant with God, Adam focuses his attentions on Eve primarily, leaving God to long for His male bonding bromance.  Adam and Abelard, then, are the two characters from each story who are able to choose their most important element to complete their pair:  Adam and Eve, Abelard and God.

Why does the Christian God choose male bonding love over allowing man to happily accept his female counterpart?  Could it be because there is no romantic love afforded in the Christian plan?  Or…is God jealous of the sheer ability for his creation of man to find an equal, when the creator will always be a solitary element?  …and the million dollar question –  if the creator is so magnanimous why does he not create his own Goddess instead of chasing after his same sex sons?  Also, Christianity sets women up as the villain in the majority of the bible stories – is this still in response to squashing the Old Religion?  Is Heloise seen as the one in the wrong because she is true to her emotions and adamantly loves Abelard romantically – in the sense, more than God?  And why in the world does love between man and woman have to be compared to a human being connecting with deity?  I believe they are most definitely two different creatures.

Works Cited

Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Co., 1857.

Picture c/o:  http://www.catholichack.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Adam-and-Eve-are-given-fire-by-God.jpg

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Book Review: “Grey” by E.L. James

As a session break treat, I rewarded myself with guilty pleasure:  Trash Fiction. After four months of intensive graduate readings with the DeadHeads {to include Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes}, I found the ease of comfort reading to be the perfect balm. I devoured this piece in no time because reading for pleasure is such a different process than reading syntopically. Casual or pleasure reading does not require a pen or a critical lens.

This piece is a retelling of the original Fifty Shades of Grey series, with the narrator switched from Anastasia to Christian. James’ dedication is for the readers who wrote requests to hear Christian’s side of the story. The author complied with their wishes, and she wrote a near identical rendition of the original piece.

~ The ‘narrator swap’ could be an interesting method to explore in one’s writing, possibly as a cure for “writer’s block.” I will save this idea for a few of my stories that have come to a dead end – maybe another character could present another avenue for the story? Thanks to E.L. James for a refreshing idea for tired narrators. ~

I read the original version of Christian and Ana’s story in Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed because it was trending at the time. I ran and operated a salon and attempted to stay up with the current talk. I am going to say it was the summer of 2013 as I remember the Divas laying out by Ashley’s pool, the slow readers that they are lol, and me waiting for them to catch up. Because after reading the story…who could speak with a client about S&M? haha Nobody…but the plan still worked out as my clientele could tell after a look that I had read the books, and No, I was not shocked. For the image of The Stylist, I succeeded – I was mysterious and knowing, worldly even.

To sum up my opinion of the story itself:  an attempt to blend S&M with romance. Erotic? Yes, because the page is never absent of the word “fuck.” However, the main focus is romance – there must be love and “hearts and flowers” sentiments. Brava, to James as the intended female audience wants to see love conquer lust – women want men to fall in love with them and not just their nether regions. As I’ve stated before:  I am fairly well read. If looking for a definitive Erotica, check out Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. After reading Rice, I do not remember feeling like it was a love story; whereas, James is definitely classified as a romance.

What was new to Christian’s side of the tale? Not as much as I expected; the reader is left with wanting “more” too. I hoped the story would be more about Christian’s life before Anastasia – we already know, Yes she was a virgin, blah blah blah. I wanted to see more of his ex-subs, especially Elena. What James gives the audience is limited flashbacks/dreams with scarcely a morsel to reveal his past. There is more action inside Christian’s business revealed – but who cares about that? James had already secured Mr. Grey as a successful businessman; this information is unneeded and a bore to read – especially when there are so many characteristics of Christian that the reader yearns to discover.

Grey covered only the first book; which means there should be two successive pieces to come. I won’t hold my breath for any revealing moments as I expect the second to follow the first.

James, E.L. Grey. New York:  Vintage Books, 2015.

James, E.L. Grey. New York:  Vintage Books, 2015.