Body Theology / Edition 1

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In this book, James Nelson offers an incarnational way of doing theology. He takes body experiences seriously and views sexuality as central to the mystery of human experience and to the human relationship with God. He seeks to identify what scripture and tradition says about sexuality, focusing on three areas of concern: sexual theology, men's issues, and biomedical ethics. He blames a faulty dualism that separates body and spirit for distorting the meanings of masculinity, making modern medicine confusing, and fueling militarism, racism, and ecological abuse.

Nelson offers an incarnational way of doing theology in this unique book. He takes body experiences seriously and views sexuality as central to the mystery of human experience and to the human relationship with God. He seeks to identify what Scripture and tradition say about sexuality and focuses on sexual theology, men's issues, and biomedical ethics.

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Editorial Reviews

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Nelson offers a thoroughly incarnational--and therefore thoroughly Christian--theology that takes body and sexuality seriously. He addresses body and sexuality as a locus of divine revelation and human growth that seeks to overcome dualism of soul and body, and of spirit and matter. In the process, he rethinks sexual sin and evaluates several male issues such as the meanings of embodied life, reproductive choices, and AIDS. He concludes with two sermons thanking God for homosexuals (who have helped Nelson address his own homophobia) and exploring where Christ is embodied today. Highly recommended for most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253790
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous books, including Body Theology and The Intimate Connection: Male Sexuality, Masculine Spirituality, both published by WJK.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Pt. 1 Body Theology and Human Sexuality
1 Sexuality and Spirituality: Agenda for a Continuing Revolution 15
2 Where Are We? Seven Sinful Problems and Seven Virtuous Possibilities 29
3 Doing Body Theology 41
4 Sources for Body Theology: Homosexuality as a Test Case 55
Pt. 2 Some Male Issues in Body Theology
5 Men and Body Life: Aging as a Case Study 75
6 Revelation in Men's Experience: "I Need - I Hurt - I Can't" 93
7 Men as Pastors and Counselors: Manly Pitfalls and Possibilities 105
Pt. 3 Some Medical Issues for Body Theology
8 Medical Care and the Meanings of Bodily Life 123
9 Reproductive Choices: A Couple's Personal Reflection 139
10 Embryos and Ethics: Old and New Quandaries About Life's Beginnings 145
11 Illness as Body Interpretation: HIV and AIDS 165
Pt. 4 Sermonic Conclusions
12 I Thank God for You: A Sermon for Lesbian and Gay Awareness Week at United Theological Seminary 183
13 Who Is Christ for Us Today? A Holy Week Sermon at United Theological Seminary 191
Notes 197
Acknowledgments 207
Index 209
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