Controversies In Body Theology

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This is a collection which brings together authors from around the world. The book dares to examine some of the most extreme approaches to the body that our society engages with. What makes this book unique is that it does not dismiss what may be the more difficult and challenging areas of the body and society, rather it embraces them as an embodied resource for the ever-expanding task of considering the nature of incarnation through the lens of body theology. Topics range from cosmetic surgery and the bible to the sacramental nature of self harm in young girls. Along the way the book looks at the Puritan heritage of 'Extreme Makeover' programmes and the pernicious theology inherent in 'Slim for Him' programmes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334041573
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Series: Controversies in Contextual Theology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,222,026
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Slicing Women's Bodies: Christianity and the Cut, Mutilated and Cosmetically Altered Believers 1

1 Slicing Mothers: Violence and the Maternal in the Marquis de Sade Beverley Clack Clack, Beverley 7

2 'Cut 'n' Slash': Remodelling the 'Freakish' Female Form Inga Bryden Bryden, Inga 29

3 Cutting Edge: Witnessing Rites of Passage in a Therapeutic Community Elizabeth Baxter Baxter, Elizabeth 48

4 Mutilations and Restorations: Cosmetic Surgery in Christianity Marcella Althaus-Reid Althaus-Reid, Marcella 70

5 This Body Trans/Forming Me: Indecencies in Transgender/Intersex Bodies, Body Fascism and the Doctrine of the Incarnation Martin Hugo Cordova Quero Quero, Martin Hugo Cordova 80

6 Uses and Abuses of Power in the Shoah and the Silent Genocide of Abused Women Victoria Rollins Rollins, Victoria 129

7 Biblically Slicing Women Janet Wootton Wootton, Janet 158

8 Will you Slim for Him or Bake Cakes for the Queen of Heaven? Lisa Isherwood Isherwood, Lisa 174

9 Why Women Need to be Ripped, Shredded and Sliced: Political, Philosophical and Thealogical Reflections Paul Reid-Bowen Reid-Bowen, Paul 207

Bibliography 227

Index of Names and Subjects 237

Index of Bible References 250

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