Debunking Eros: Why Romantic Love Isn’t the Only Love Worth Having by Mimi Haddard
This raises several points I’ve been pointing out here on this blog for years:
by Mimi Haddard
June 4, 2019
Recently, my graduate students discussed how US culture sometimes idolizes sex. Citing a friend, one said, “the orgasm has replaced the cross as the place of transcendence in 21st century American culture.”
A recent study suggested that, though casual sex is more accepted than ever, loneliness is too.
Twenty-seven percent of Americans feel isolated, but loneliness is far worse among eighteen to twenty-two year-olds, followed by Millennials. The least lonely were Americans aged seventy-two and older—those having fewer sexual encounters.
Western culture often celebrates eros (romantic or sexual love) exclusively, but Scripture speaks of four distinct types of love: storge (love for those who are familiar, such as family, neighbors, coworkers, etc.), agape (God’s love), philia (love between kindred spirits), and eros.