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Original Solitude & Partnership With the Divine

October 2, 2012

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

+ Genesis 2:18

Original solitude is based on the words of Genesis: “It is not good for man to be alone.” This solitude means not only that man is “alone” without woman (and woman without man), but that man is “alone” in the visible world as a person. Adam discovers in naming the animals that he alone is aware of himself and is able to determine his own actions.

In his solitude man discovers that he is a “partner of the Absolute” and a “subject of the covenant” with God. Solitude determines that man stands alone in the visible world as a creature made in God’s image.

+Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained

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