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Pastor presents love’s history in religion

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OK, so the Song of Songs right in the Bible focuses heavily on passion and romantic love.

But the Rev. Dennis McCarty, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, points out that more Western religious tradition long ignored embodied love between romantic partners.

McCarty will offer an overview of the religious history of love in his message, “Reclaiming Venus,” at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

He will explain how, for centuries, “poets had a more well-rounded view of love than church leaders.”

For example, in Greek mythology, the poet, Orpheus, loved his wife, Eurydice, so much that when she died, he followed her into the underworld to bring her back. The gods were so impressed, they allowed him to succeed.

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