Preppy Sex Part I. Choices Are the Hinges of Destiny, It Is Time to Have Some Fun
“People prefer to believe that WASPs don’t like sex, don’t have much sex, or do it badly. It consoles them to think so: “Those people may have money and they may have fun sailing boats, but at least I have a better sex life because everyone knows that WASPs are frigid ice people.” And of course, WASPs are like everyone else–some have issues, some have lots of crazy monkey sex, most are in the middle.”
If you are anything like me, the word Puritan conjures up certain thoughts, ideas, and images, none of which have anything to do with what being a Puritan is all about. Truth be told, until I started to do the research for this series my concept was incorrect.
In the second post of this series, The Road Less Traveled Update, I ask,
“ Our code is strange and at times may seem to be outdated, or is it? ” As I dig deeper into this subject, the more I have come to understand that I must go back to the beginning.
When I say the beginning, I am referring to the state of the church before the Reformation. One cannot discuss sex without discussing the three-headed monster in the corner: Sex, Religion and Politics.
This is my journey and while I do thank you for coming along, I must address this in my way and on my terms. I Know, you must be thinking, that sounded just down right rude, but I must remind myself, this journey is not someone else’s but mine and I might meander off the path from time to time and lose sight of the ultimate goal, which is: To heal past wounds and learn what it means to have a healthy well-balanced, Godly relationship with a woman. Through this process, it is my hope something I write will strike a chord with you as well, and something I say will resonate your truth.
I will admit that some of this will be boring and a bit tedious, as I explore the roots of WASP & Preppy sexual values and the norms of our tribe, but never fear in the end, there will be some excessive sexual exploits, for we are speaking of Old Money. Old Money by the very fact that it is old, breeds excess.Now for a bit of history, I will be splitting this section into two parts, from the early church to the reformation, from the reformation to 1630. I use 1630 as the jumping- off- point, because it was by far the most single decisive time period in the life of this nation, cementing the Puritan value system of religion, politics and sexual or societal controls into what would become the American psyche.
I need to lay out the gradual changes in the Church and ultimate progression of the Scriptures.
The period from the time of Jesus’s death and resurrection, to around 325 AD, was known as the Apostolic Age. It was during this time that the Gospels came to be written, and Christianity became externally recognized as a separate religion from Judaism.
Now begins the history. If we look into the practices of the early church, we will see that by the 3rd century, there are many ideas, on such things as baptism and the Sabbath. I bring up the Sabbath because it is here that we have the first formal bastardization of Christianity. March 7th 321 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine, declared Sunday to be the day of rest. For the Christians, the seventh day was a festival day to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, for the pagans it was a day off.
“All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the venerable day of the sun. Country people, however, may freely attend to the cultivation of the fields, because it frequently happens that no other days are better adapted for planting the grain in the furrows or the vines in trenches. So that the advantage given by heavenly providence may not for the occasion of a short time perish ” ( official decree ).
“The day of the sun” was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was held sacred by Christians; it was the emperor’s policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church. However, while many God-fearing Christians were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.”
One author writes, “The arch-deceiver ( Lucifer ) had not completed his work. He was resolved to gather the Christian world under his banner and to exercise his power through his vicegerent, the proud pontiff who claimed to be the representative of Christ. Through half-converted pagans, ambitious prelates, and world-loving churchmen, he accomplished his purpose. Vast councils were held from time to time, where the dignitaries of the church were convened from all the world. In nearly every council the Sabbath which God had instituted was gently pressed down a little lower, while the “Sunday” was correspondingly exalted. Thus, the pagan festival came finally to be honoured as a divine institution, while the Bible Sabbath was pronounced a relic of Judaism, and its observers were declared to be accursed” ( Thank you Wikipedia ).
I am going to stop here, because in the next section we will get into the heart of the subject, and I do not wish to bore you too much. I will leave you with the Wikipedia explanation of the Seven deadly sins. I include them now as they will play an important role in the future.
- A proud look.
- A lying tongue.
- Hands that shed innocent blood.
- A heart that devises wicked plots.
- Feet that are swift to run into mischief.
- A deceitful witness that uttereth lies.
- Him that soweth discord among brethren
While there are seven of them, this list is considerably different from the traditional one, with only pride clearly being in both lists.
Another list, given this time by the Epistle to the Galatians (Galatians 5:19-21), includes more of the traditional seven sins, although the list is substantially longer: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, “and such like”. Since Saint Paul goes on to say that the persons who commit these sins “shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”, they are usually listed as (possible) mortal sins and not Capital Vices.
The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins, is a classification of objectionable vices that have been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct followers about fallen humanity’s tendency to sin. The currently recognized version of the list is usually given as anger, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
The Catholic Church divides sin into two categories: “venial sins“, which are relatively minor and can be forgiven through any sacramentals or sacraments of the Church (as well as through prayer and acts of charity), and the more severe “grave” or mortal sins. Theologically, a mortal sin is believed to destroy the life of grace within the person and thus creates the threat of eternal damnation. “Mortal sin, by attacking the vital principle within us – that is, charity – necessitates a new initiative of God’s mercy and a conversion of the heart which is normally accomplished [for Catholics] within the setting of the sacrament of reconciliation.”
The Deadly Sins do not belong to an extra group of sin. Rather, they are the sins that are seen as the origin (“capital” comes from the Latin caput, head) of the other sins. A “deadly sin” can be either venial or mortal, depending on the situation; but “they are called ‘capital’ because they engender other sins, other vices.”
Beginning in the early 14th century, the popularity of the seven deadly sins as a theme among European artists of the time eventually helped to ingrain them in many areas of Catholic culture and Catholic consciousness in general throughout the world. One means of such ingraining was the creation of the mnemonic “SALIGIA” based on the first letters in Latin of the seven deadly sins: superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira, acedia.
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