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Power and the Spirit of GodToward an Experience-Based Pneumatology$
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Bernard Cooke

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174518.001.0001

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The Power of Eros

The Power of Eros

(p.159) 13 The Power of Eros
Power and the Spirit of God

Bernard Cooke

Oxford University Press

Unjustified limitation of eros to sexual attraction; actually, it deals with the interdependent relationship of all created realities. Desire as basic to human experience and an instance of cosmic drive towards fulfillment. Intertwining in humans of erotic attraction with love. Mysterious application of ‘desire’ to divine creativity and intrinsic teleology of the universe. Erotic attraction not evil; instead it has functioned as positive element in Jewish and Christian spirituality.

Keywords:   desire, interdependence, erotic, spirituality, teleology

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