Who decided that in order for a concept to be true, it could not have emotional appeal? It must have been the Germans. (I’d blame it on Victorian England, but Victoria was a German herself).
Recently, I have heard several people in various places, both online and offline, talk about how we need to remove emotion from the equation when we are thinking about theology or philosophy. Frankly, I don’t know how you can do that – especially with the Bible.
The Scriptures are emotional to the core. To try to read them flat and without the emotions of love, disgust, rage, hope, longing, joy, and a host of others is to strip them bare and leave them bleeding.
Emotion is what gives our thoughts glow and purpose. It is the warmth and softness of otherwise cold, hard facts. In all of its messy, chaotic glory, emotions are integral to our existence. Anyone who thinks they can get rid themselves of emotion is destine to live a life I would call less than human.
In conclusion, I leave you with a clip of one of my all time favorite films Equilibrium.