Anton's Ideas

Anton Wills-Eve on world news & random ideas

Five types of love


I recently came across some old notebooks from my school days and found the following few lines,jotted down in Latin, presumably from an RE or Ancient History lesson in the upper sixth form. Anyway I like the idea expressed and, for what it is worth, this my translation. The ideas are all the hermit’s.
From the ‘lex penta amore’ by Phillipus of Egypt (floreat circa.175 AD)—-I wish I could remember who he was!

There are five ways of loving and of responding to that love.Three are physical and two spiritual.

physical

1) heterosexual (From the first sight neither of you are in any doubt. You make love)
2) homosexual (Give in; or wonder whether you should restrain yourself; if you do your reward is usually a broken heart)  ;
3) In all cases, if unmarried, practise total abstention (lest the sin into which you lead the other should condemn you both to perdition.)

spiritual

1) You fall in love with God (if you live by the laws of his love for the whole of your life you naturally hope you will reach Heaven).
2) If you try to be good, but fail, whatever love you indulge in you will be judged by Him in His mercy. A very beautiful thing  indeed

I wish I could find further references to him and examples of his thought.

Why Faith Schools Must Be Retained


A report that has received a lot of media attention today claims that ‘Faith Schools’ discriminate in favour of less poor pupils  and has led to the usual crop of bigoted blogging by ill-informed people with chips on their shoulders. The most common cry from such blogs is that faith schools should be abolished, or at least  religion should not be taught in state schools.

Do you they really know what that would mean? Seriously? Religion should play no part in schools? What would be left if you took it away? No history, no sociology, no geography, no medical sciences etc because without explaining everything we learn, within its religious and historical context, you might as well make up a whole new history of the world based on lies. This has nothing to do with the divine side of religious education, it is the basis of everything we are taught. God help me if I had been deprived of RE classes at school. They put everything else I was taught in perspective. Also that is why they produce the brightest and best educated pupils in the country no matter what their socio-economic or ethnic background.

I can only suppose that people who oppose teaching pupils the importance of the part religion plays in the every day life of so many people, and especially the part it plays in accounting for the reasons why the world has developed as it has irrespective of whether the outcome is a good thing or a bad thing, are either ignorant of the importance of religion in the history of mankind or just don’t want to be told how other people think they should behave. They don’t have to take any notice of religious instruction, that is up to each individual, but to deny pupils the chance to know what others think and then judge such issues for themselves is quite simply denying them a very important part of their education.  Anyway, all education is only one set of people exercising their right to use free speech to make a point to others, so why should anyone object to that? The only reason I can think of is that they are scared, and cowards never make good judges of anything. It takes courage both to be right and to publicly advocate being right in one’s own opinion.