I was reading through the United Methodist Social Principles. Yes, I do that from time to time. This time, I came across this sentence that I had not noticed before in the paragraph about women and men:
We especially reject the idea that God made individuals as incomplete fragments, made whole only in union with another.
This is arguing with Plato, right? He had the idea that people are divided wholes that only achieve full humanity when matched up with their other half. (Is that where the phrase “my better half” comes from?)
Maybe the church was not targeting Plato here. I could see this being aimed at the notion that single people are somehow missing something essential from their lives. We write about not bad mouthing singleness in other places in the Social Principles. Or is there a notion somewhere that women are incomplete without a man? I don’t know.
Maybe we just don’t like the movie Jerry Maguire.
As you can tell, I’m not sure what this sentence is doing or what evil it is trying to fend off. Whatever it is, we are “especially” opposed to it. Who can help me out? How about a biblical reference while we are at it?