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Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ

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Contemporary Christian faith and practice tend to address spiritual, mental, and emotional issues but ignore the body. As a result, many believers are uncomfortable in their own skins. Shoop addresses this "dis-ease" with a theology that is attentive to physical experience. She also suggests how worship services can more fully invite God to inhabit every part of a congregation- including their flesh and blood bodies. For when individual Christian bodies are allowed to flourish, ...

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Overview

Contemporary Christian faith and practice tend to address spiritual, mental, and emotional issues but ignore the body. As a result, many believers are uncomfortable in their own skins. Shoop addresses this "dis-ease" with a theology that is attentive to physical experience. She also suggests how worship services can more fully invite God to inhabit every part of a congregation- including their flesh and blood bodies. For when individual Christian bodies are allowed to flourish, so will the unified body of Christ.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664234126
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Marcia W. Mount Shoop received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Emory University. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and serves as theologian-in-residence at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Wendy Farley xv

Introduction 1

The Protestant Problem 2

Addressing the Problem/Embodying Theology 5

Stretching into a Theology of Embodiment 7

1 Feeling Our Way 11

A Brief Mapping of Feeling 12

Understanding Feeling 14

Feeling as Mode of Experience 17

Feeling as the Means of Redemption of Bodies 20

Constructions of Subjectivity 21

The Dynamic of Simple Physical Feeling 23

The Decentering of Consciousness 24

Part I Feeling Bodies

Prologue to Part I: "Can I Get a Witness?" 29

2 Feeling Tragic Bodies: Narratives in the Flesh 35

Stories Told, Untold, Retold, Untellable 36

What We Know about Rape 40

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 42

Rape Trauma Syndrome 43

Trauma Theory 44

Rape and Feeling 47

The Limits of Consciousness 48

Body Loss 52

Body Function 54

Contorted Subjectivity 56

Feeling Bodies/Tragic Bodies 62

Tragedy 62

3 Feeling Relational Bodies: Cellular Poetics 65

Introduction 66

Pregnancy: Prose and Poiesis 68

Pregnancy's Promise and Problematic: Relationship and Rupture 72

Feature 1 Creativity and Creation 74

The Placental Model 75

Rupture and Creation 76

Feature 2 Entangled Subjectivity 78

The Midwife Model 80

Rupture and Subjectivity 82

Feature 3 Body Knowledge/Body Function 83

The Birth Model 84

Rupture and the Body's Wisdom 86

Feeling Bodies/Relational Bodies Relationality 89

4 Feeling Ambiguous Bodies: Manifesting Metaphors 93

Introduction 94

Muddling Through: Motherhood as Metaphor 99

Metaphors 101

Motherhood as Metaphor 101

Motherhood and Feeling 105

Maternal Bodies 107

Multiple Mothers 110

Fragmented Subjectivity 113

Feeling Bodies/Ambiguous Bodies 117

Ambiguity 117

Part II The (EM) Body(MENT) of Christ

Prologue to Part II: Dance Then 123

5 Embodying Redemption 127

Theological Body Language 128

The Body and Disposition 129

Dispositions of Redeemed Bodies 131

Dispositions of Compassion: Embodying Tragedy 131

Dispositions of Interdependence: Embodying Relationality 135

Dispositions of Adventure: Embodying Ambiguity 137

6 In-forming the Body of Christ 141

Introduction 142

Holy Habits 143

Sacred Wounds 148

Triage for the Church 150

The Wound of Intellectualization 151

In-forming Mystery 153

The Wound of Fear 156

In-forming Surrender 159

In-formation 160

7 Re-membering the Body of Christ 161

Introduction 162

Re-membering the Body of Christ 162

God's-Eye View 163

Who Do We Say That We Are? 164

Re-membering Worship 165

Tragedy, Compassion, and Confession 165

Relationality, Interdependence, and Eucharist 167

Ambiguity, Adventure, and Music 170

"May We Kindle to Thy Dancing" 173

Selected Bibliography 177

Index 183

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