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Love of God, Neighbour, and Self in and through Human Sexuality


Toward the end of the first century, the evangelist John wrote an open letter to the followers of Jesus to counter the false Gnostic doctrine that God had not become man in Jesus. In it he exhorts every follower of Jesus, already called Christians, to “love one another; for love is of God and he who loves is born of God” (1 John 4:7). Strong reason enough for Christians to love one another. John, however, goes on to make an even stronger statement: “God is love” (4:8). “No one has ever seen God” (4:12), he goes on to assert, and therefore, God is ultimately unknowable, and the unknowability of God became the unchallenged doctrine of the Catholic Church.

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