Yesterday I posted about Dan Brennan’s book Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions, which deals with friendships between men and women. I’ve been thinking a bit more about the topic as I have had conversations with various people and wondering whose problem Brennan is primarily addressing in his book.
Is the inability to have male/female friendships without sex getting in the way an issue for our culture broadly speaking? (i.e. is When Harry Met Sally right?) Or is it that the Christian Church (and, largely, the conservative evangelical church) has stifled friendships between men and women with the fear that sexual boundaries might be crossed?
Part of me thinks that it is a cultural issue, in general. I found an article from Psychology Today entitled Can Men and Women Be Friends? It provides some more food for thought. I liked this question asked in the article –
“People don’t know what feelings are appropriate toward the opposite sex, unless they’re what our culture defines as appropriate,” said O’Meara. “You know you love someone and enjoy them as a person, but not enough to date or marry them. What does this mean?”
What does this mean? How do we see this modeled in popular culture (movies, television, etc.)? Is there a problem in culture or mainly in Churchland?