""This book is simply refreshing. Humbly calling Wesleyan theology to a deeper appreciation of the constitutive role that embodiment plays in all areas of human existence, this volume brings together continental philosophy, historical theology, and contemporary psychology in ways that are genuinely remarkable. It will not only enliven the contemporary scholarship, but enrich those individuals who aim to live in light of the physicality of a truly incarnational theology.""
--J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
""Remarkably the body of this book offers dazzling contributions both to the cutting edge of philosophical enquiry and to the liveliest spirit of Wesleyan theology. Here these two rarely related approaches to the body come into intimate and timely resonance. Tangibly readable, invitingly teachable, its essays have been gathered in a rare solidarity of humor, honesty, and transdisciplinary wisdom.""
--Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, The Theological School, Drew University; author of The Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement
John Thomas Brittingham is a Teaching Fellow at Greenville College in Illinois. He is the author of several essays engaging philosophy, embodiment, and popular culture.
Christina M. Smerick is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Greenville College in Illinois. She is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy and Christian Thought: The Bodies of Christ, forthcoming from Lexington Books.
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About the Author
John Thomas Brittingham is a Teaching Fellow at Greenville College in Illinois. He is the author of several essays engaging philosophy, embodiment, and popular culture.Christina M. Smerick is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Greenville College in Illinois. She is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy and Christian Thought: The Bodies of Christ, forthcoming from Lexington Books.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors vii
Foreword Jeffrey Bloechl ix
Introduction: The Body as Problematic, The Body as Theme John Thomas Brittingham Christina M. Smerick 1
John Wesley and the Body
Chapter 1 Was There Room in Wesley's Anthropology for Anybody Particularly that of the Lowly Jesus? Michael Lodahl 21
Chapter 2 The Body Obsessed: Reflections on Religious Enthusiasm Eric Severson 28
Chapter 3 Reason's Apprehension: How Knowing Is and Is Not Like Getting a Grip Jonathan Heaps 43
Chapter 4 Paranoid Perfection: The Body without Organs for the Christian Matthew Bernico 60
Chapter 5 Divine-Human Relationships: A Case for an Embodied God Joyce Ann Konigsburg 81
Chapter 6 On Becoming What We Are: A Hegelian Interpretation of Eucharistic Embodiment John M. Bechtold 97
Chapter 7 Fracturing: The Eucharist, Body Modification, and the Aesthetics of Brokenness Brannon Hancock 113
Chapter 8 A Phenomenology of Anorexia Nervosa: What Anorectics Can Teach Us About the Body and the Church Amanda DiMiele
Chapter 9 Listening to the Silence Surrounding Nonconventional Bodies Teri Merrick 141
Chapter 10 A Mutilated Body at (Intercessory) Prayer Craig Keen 154