Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology / Edition 1

Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology / Edition 1

by Gerard Loughlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631211799

ISBN-13: 9780631211792

Pub. Date: 02/23/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Gerard Loughlin is one of the leading theologians working at the interface between religion and contemporary culture. In this exceptional work, he uses cinema and the films it shows to think about the church and the visions of desire it displays.

In the figure of the alien, Loughlin finds a metaphor for that which is both most feared and desired: the body and

Overview

Gerard Loughlin is one of the leading theologians working at the interface between religion and contemporary culture. In this exceptional work, he uses cinema and the films it shows to think about the church and the visions of desire it displays.

In the figure of the alien, Loughlin finds a metaphor for that which is both most feared and desired: the body and its cravings. Secular culture follows St Augustine in thinking sex an alien force within the body. But the ancient church also found in sex the presence of a yet stranger desire that secularity forgets: the divine eros that is always other to us even as it draws us into its embrace. In God we find that which is both infinitely alien and intimate to ourselves.

Alien Sex explores the Christian tradition of 'sacred eroticism' – from Gregory of Nyssa to Hans Urs von Balthasar. Through a close reading of such films as The Devils, Breaking the Waves and Derek Jarman’s The Garden, Loughlin shows how Christianity calls us to view sexuality from the perspective of heaven, not in order to escape the body but to encounter it more intensively. Through desire of the body we regain paradise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631211792
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/23/2004
Series:
Challenges in Contemporary Theology Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction:
Peter Lloyd and Chris Milner. Lome Versus Free Trade Agreements:
The Dilemma Facing the ACP Countries:
Matthew McQueen (University of Reading). Competition Policy and International Trade in Air Transport and Telecommunications Services:
Tony Warren and Christopher Findlay (Australian National University and the University of Adelaide). Southern African Economic Integration:
Merle Holden (University of Natal). World Trade, the Middle East, and the Stability of World Oil Supplies:
Richard N. Cooper (Harvard University). The WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States, 1996:
Robert M. Stern (University of Michigan). Columbian Trade Policies and the 1996 WTO Trade Policy Review:
Sarath Rajapatirana (visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute on leave from the World Bank). New Zealand Trade Policy and the 1996 WTO Review:
Martin Richardson (University of Otago). On Investment Measures and Trade:
Eden S. H. Yu and Chi-Chur Chao (the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Oregon State University). Trade and Growth in Small States:
The Impact of Global Trade Liberalisation:
Harvey W. Armstrong and Robert Read (University of Sheffield and University of Lancaster).

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