Religion and the Body

ISBN-10: 0521783860

ISBN-13: 9780521783866

Edition: 2000

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This book aims to highlight the distinctive and unfamiliar ways in which diverse religious traditions understand the body, and also, in doing this, to raise to greater consciousness some of the assumptions and problems of contemporary attitudes to it. It brings together essays by established experts in the history of religion, the social sciences, and philosophy. Part I is devoted to an analysis of current secularized discourses on the body, and to exposing both their anti-religious and their covertly religious content. Parts II and III provide essays on traditional Western and Eastern religious attitudes to the body. Each contributor focuses on some (especially characteristic) devotional practices or relevant texts; each carefully outlines the total context in which a distinctive religious attitude to bodiliness occurs. The result is a rich source for comparative studies of the body, and of its relation to society and to the divine.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

#60;b#62;Sarah Coakley#60;/b#62; is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and was previously Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is a systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with wide interdisciplinary interests. Her previous publications include #60;i#62;Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender#60;/i#62; (Blackwell, 2002), #60;i#62;Re-Thinking Gregory of Nyssa#60;/i#62; (editor, Blackwell, 2003#60;i#62;), Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture#60;/i#62; (co-edited with Kay Shelemay, 2007) and #60;i#62;Re-Thinking Dinoysius the Areopagite#60;/i#62; (co-edited, with Charles Stang, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

Introduction: religion and the body
Contemporary Western Perspectives: Secularism and the Body
The body in Western society: social theory and its perspectives
Remarks on the anthropology of the body
The soul's successor: philosophy and the body
The Western Religious Inheritance: Judaism and Christianity on the Body
The body in Jewish worship: three rituals examined
My helper and my enemy: the body in Greek Christianity
The body in Western Catholic Christianity
The image of the body in the formative phases of the Protestant Reformation
Beyond the West: Eastern Religious Traditions and the Body
Zoroastrianism and the body
Medical and mythical constructions of the body in Hindu texts
The body in Theravada Buddhist monasticism
Some Mahayana Buddhist perspectives on the body
The Taoist body and cosmic prayer
Perceptions of the body in Japanese religion
I take the dress off the body: Eros in Sufi literature and life
The body in Sikh tradition
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