Christian Ethics and Love Exists: Eric’s Fifth Letter

Turning to a new missive dated March 8th, 1988, Eric opens the letter with a response to a debate we’d been having about Christianity.

Repression, Collage by Catherine Raine 2013
Repression, Collage by Catherine Raine 2013

Catherine, I think your analysis of the Christian as one who would deny hatred is more than unfair. The Christian knows hatred. In fact, the hatred of the Christian is a brutal form of masochism which denies and hates with more energy than you can imagine. It’s this denial of self which is more cruel than any form of hatred you are capable of.

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Repression, Collage by Catherine Raine 2013

This self-hatred is linked closely with the key to Christian Ethics — that thought can in itself be a form of sin. This is the root of Christian masochism.

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Repression, Collage by Catherine Raine 2013

This form of ethics replaces choice in action with guilt over having the thoughts which caused a choice. An ethical system in which thought can be wrong can only lead to unhealthy repression.

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Repression, Collage by Catherine Raine 2013

I’m taking a class in Biblical Ethics next year. I think the prof. is going to dislike my ideas but maybe not. My minor is “Theories of Ethics.”

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Repression, Collage by Catherine Raine 2013

Eric’s next paragraph turns to less abstract matters.

Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012
Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012
(The text you see in this collage comes from a photocopy dyed with instant coffee).

Tomorrow I leave for a trip to the Grand Canyon. It is going to be really fun, I think. I’ll be gone for about a week.

Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine
Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

I’m going to be home in two week(s) for spring break (March 23-April 3, I think). I’d like to see you if possible. Love exists, Catherine. Don’t be depressed or alienated. I really care about you.

LOVE, Eric

Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

The third page of the letter contains a post-script dated March 18th.

Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012
Love Exists, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012
Well, I was rushing to pack for my trip and didn’t mail your letter. It was a fun trip. The Grand (Canyon) is an amazing place . . . I had a lot of time to be by myself and think.

I checked and my spring break does begin March 23 so I’ll drive with some friends and get home late that night.

Give me a call.

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