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Meaning in Our BodiesSensory Experience as Constructive Theological Imagination$
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Heike Peckruhn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280925.001.0001

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Revisiting Body Theology Approaches

Revisiting Body Theology Approaches

(p.233) Chapter Six Revisiting Body Theology Approaches
Meaning in Our Bodies

Heike Peckruhn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 revisits feminist theologies, using body theology commitments to analyze potential issues detected in the works of Carter Heyward and Marcella Althaus-Reid. Inattention to the dynamics of perception fundamental to our bodily experience inadvertently undermines the strength of their respective works. Both theologians explicitly reflect on bodily experience and seek to construct liberative theologies, make reference to the pitfalls of body/mind dualisms, and highlight, in one way or another, knowledge via perception. Bringing body theology commitments to Carter Heyward’s theological project, the chapter discusses ways in which body theology can go beyond naïve appeals to sensory perception as epistemological venue. Marcella Althaus-Reid’s work will serve as an example of body metaphor theology. Exploring and suspending/delaying Althaus-Reid’s theological method will show how body theology can strengthen theological aims, namely by dwelling on and exploring experience more thoroughly, thus avoiding a too quick move from experience to metaphor.

Keywords:   feminist theology, Carter Heyward, Marcella Althaus-Reid, body theology, experience, sensory perception, metaphor

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