Enfleshing Freedom

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Being human is neither abstract nor hypothetical. It is concrete, visceral, and embodied in the everyday experience and relationships that determine who we are. In that case, argues distinguished theologian Shawn Copeland, we have much to learn from the embodied experience of black women who, for centuries, have borne in their bodies the identities and pathologies of those in power.

With rare insight and conviction, Copeland demonstrates how black women's experience and oppression cast a completely different light on our theological theorems and pious platitudes and reveal them as a kind of mental colonization that still operates powerfully in our economic and political configurations today. Further, Copeland argues, race and embodiment and relations of power not only reframe theological anthropology but also our notions of discipleship, church, and Christ as well. In fact, she argues, our postmodern situation - marked decidedly by the realities of race, conflict, the remains of colonizing myths, and the health of bodies - affords an opportunity to be human (and to be the body of Christ) with new clarity and effect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800662745
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Intersections in African American Theology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 618,147
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Katie Geneva Cannon Anthony B. Pinn ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Body, Race, and Being 7

Making a Body Black: Inventing Race 9

Skin as Horizon: Theorizing Race and Racism 12

Seeing Body 15

Being Black 19

Black Body Theology 22

Chapter 2 Enfleshing Freedom 23

Objectifying the Body 29

The Subject of Freedom 38

The Freedom of the Subject 46

Enfleshing Freedom-Return to the Clearing 51

Chapter 3 Marking the Body of Jesus, the Body of Christ 55

Jesus and Empire 58

The Body in the New Imperial (Dis)Order 65

Marking the (Queer) Flesh of Christ 78

(Re)Marking the Flesh of the Church 81

Chapter 4 Turning the Subject 85

A New Anthropological Question 86

A New Anthropological Subject 90

Solidarity 92

Eschatological Healing of "the Body of Broken Bones" 101

Chapter 5 Eucharist, Racism, and Black Bodies 107

Wounding the Body of a People 110

Terrorizing the Body of a People 117

Eucharistic Solidarity: Embodying Christ 124

Epilogue 129

Acknowledgments 131

Notes 135

Index 177

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2009

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    A Good Book by a Top-Notch Theologian

    Dr. Copeland is one of the major African American Catholic theologians in the United States. She writes well and clear on her topic, on what it means to be human from Black women's perspective.

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