Unprecedented togetherness is one of the phrases that has become one of my favorites in this season as I write a second book exploring the complex relationship between deep friendship and sexuality.
Maybe it doesn’t do this for you, but it’s staying with me because it points us to God birthing something strikingly new, something special, something unheard-of, something quite provocative in contrast with the same old, same old between men and women.
If you are a regular reader of this blog or have been in conversation with me in recent years, you know how much I have kept a close eye on the therapeutic culture throughout the years. For our purposes in this post, the therapeutic culture means the practice of psychotherapy, psychological theories, and the social impact beyond the private walls of therapist-client relationship—hence, therapeutic culture.
Ever since I began to consider deep friendship between men and women as a healthy relationship, I have paid close attention to psychotherapy as a practice and to the vast number of psychological theories.
Can you just imagine what it would be like, if somehow we could transport past saints like Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, or Dwight Moody into the present so that they could observe several sessions between a female therapist and her male client, or male therapist and female client?