by Michele Saracino, David H. Jensen

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Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of the fundamental challenges to human existence is the anxiety caused by our desire to be perfect and godlike while knowing we are limited and mortal. This book explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties about our finitude. Through our clothing, we often shield ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others detect our emotional, physical, and spiritual vulnerabilities. Looking at the incarnation as a form of “dress,” Saracino claims that getting naked with Jesus or embracing our vulnerability is our only hope at creating life-giving relationships with God and others in the global world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451424416
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Series: Compass:Christian Explorations of Daily Living
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 191 KB

About the Author

David H. Jensen is the academic dean and professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.Michele Saracino is professor of religious studies at Manhattan College in New York City. Her books include On Being Human: A Conversation with Lonergan and Levinas (2003) and Being about Borders: A Christian Anthropology of Difference (2011) which was awarded first place in the theology category by the Association of Catholic Publishers.

Table of Contents

series foreword David H. Jensen vii

preface David H. Jensen xi

introduction: the mirror moment 1

Clothing as Spiritual 3

Playing the Devil's Advocate 5

What's in a Name? 10

Overview of the Book 14

1 vulnerability and the human condition 19

Vulnerability as a Fact of Life 22

What to Wear? 30

Good Stress 37

Bad Stress 44

2 the path to perfection is the road to destruction 53

Who Am I to Judge? 56

Perfectionism: The Eighth Deadly Sin? 59

The Trouble with Hand-Me-Downs 64

Outsourcing Sin 74

The Roads Not Taken 80

3 redeeming fashion 83

Spiritual Resources for Embracing Vulnerability 84

Getting Naked with Jesus 99

Making Vulnerability Fashionable 110

notes 117

suggestions for further reading 121

reader's guide 123

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