In a world where many people pass through phases of singleness
due to divorce, or a partner's death, or simply due to the vagaries of life, it is just much easier not to try to find a place within the Christian community despite my desire for community.
Many excellent works have been written on the experience and cultural imagery of singleness
in the "long" nineteenth century, when the infamous public cry was raised against "surplus" or "redundant" women in industrialized Western countries.
and Christian singleness
, I had vowed never again to purchase
He deeply admired, for example, Klein's blue paintings, which he called "narrow and intense" ("narrow," I would imagine, in their singleness
of color, "intense" in the effect of that singleness
Paul, the proselytizer from Tarsus, wrote: "Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eye service, as men pleasers, but in singleness
of heart" (Col.
It is therefore difficult to termine if the social disorder Courtwright associates with unmarried men has been a consequence more of singleness
than of youth, and Courtwright gives little attention to the difference.
Since they are generally dedicated to a particular area of the subject, they benefit from a singleness
of focus which bestows on them a unity most journals lack.
They are beginning to enjoy their singleness
, become more in touch with all aspects of themselves and realize that being married is not a necessity," says Dr.
Countless slaves and others (I think especially of Frederick Law Olmsted 473-74) have testified that most sermons directed at slaves were based on one or both of two passages: "He that knoweth his master's will and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes" (Luke 12:47) and "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and tremboling, in singleness
of your heart, as unto Christ" (Ephesians 6:5).(5) Thornwell in his sermon explicates the meaning of St.
: Self-Individuation and Its Rejection in the Scholastic Debate on Principles of Individuation
My usual response to this question or any question alluding to my singleness
has always been, "no time for love."
I do, though, tell the unmarried and widows that singleness
might well be the best thing for them, as it has been for me (1 Corinthians 7:7-8, The Message).