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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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Orienting Familiar Body Theologies

Orienting Familiar Body Theologies

(p.256) Chapter Seven Orienting Familiar Body Theologies
Meaning in Our Bodies

Heike Peckruhn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 constructively applies body theology to the works of Carter Heyward and Marcella Althaus-Reid, and provides the author’s own god-talk based in bodily experiences. It explains that to do body theology is to talk about our bodily perceptual orientations, our body-sense in and of the world, connected to specific contexts, locations, and experiences. Body theology can be done while pursuing other overarching theological goals, for example, within a systematic approach or a contextual/sexual theology. Or it can be done as constructive body theology “on its own,” focusing on the specific ways in which bodily experiences make sense and create meaning, without connecting it to specific theistic concepts or commonly associated religious artifacts such as scripture or rituals.

Keywords:   body theology, feminist theology, disability, difference, Carter Heyward, Marcella Althaus-Reid

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