Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh: A Secular Theology for the Global City

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Drawing on philosophical reflection, spiritual and religious values, and somatic practice, Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh offers guidance for moving amidst the affective dynamics that animate the streets of the global cities now amassing around our planet.

Here theology turns decidedly secular. In urban medieval Europe, seculars were uncloistered persons who carried their spiritual passion and sense of an obligated life into daily circumambulations of the city. ...

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Overview


Drawing on philosophical reflection, spiritual and religious values, and somatic practice, Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh offers guidance for moving amidst the affective dynamics that animate the streets of the global cities now amassing around our planet.

Here theology turns decidedly secular. In urban medieval Europe, seculars were uncloistered persons who carried their spiritual passion and sense of an obligated life into daily circumambulations of the city. Seculars lived in the city, on behalf of the city, but contrary to the new profit economy of the time with a different locus of value: spirit.

Betcher argues that for seculars today the possibility of a devoted life, the practice of felicity in history, still remains. Spirit now names a necessary "prosthesis," a locus for regenerating the elemental commons of our interdependent flesh and thus for cultivating spacious and fearless empathy, forbearance, and generosity.

Her theological poetics, though based in Christianity, are frequently in conversation with other religions resident in our postcolonial cities.

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"Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh makes a unique, creative, and timely contribution to an area of great interest in the study of religion and theology."-Mayra Rivera, Harvard Divinity School

" . . . A trend setter. This book is a path to help us find a new theology of hopefulness, a spirituality of resilience."-Rev. Dr. Devorah Greenstein, Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823253913
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,031,181
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon V. Betcher now an Independent Scholar, was Professor of Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Crip/tography
2. "Fearful Symmetry": Between Theological Aesthetics and Global Economics
3. Breathing through the Pain: Engaging the Cross as Tonglen, Taking to the Streets as Mendicants
4. In the Ruin of God
5. The Ballet of the Good City Sidewalk: Releasing the Optics of Disability into Social Flesh
6. "Take My Yoga Upon You" (Matt 11:29): A Spirit/ual Pli for the Global City
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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