2019 Symposium Paper Abstract 3: David Ford - "An Orthodox Theology of Eros, Sexuality & Marriage: The Vision of St John Chrysostom"

Feast of the Holy Prophet Daniel

OF ALL THE Eastern Church Fathers, the one who spoke the most about eros, sexuality, and marriage was St. John Chrysostom, the powerfully eloquent, late fourth-century preacher of Antioch and Constantinople. As he ministered to the mostly married members of his flock, he shared his high view of the glories of marriage, especially when it is centered in Christ and lived in His Church. Beginning with a real appreciation of the inherent goodness of sexual desire, St. John shows in many ways how Christian marriage is meant to be an image of Christ the Bridegroom’s holy love (agape and eros) for His Bride, the Holy Church.

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