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Spirituality in the FleshBodily Sources of Religious Experiences$
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Robert C. Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.001.0001

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 Pain, Healing, and Spiritual Renewal

 Pain, Healing, and Spiritual Renewal

Bodily Sources of Religious Innovation

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(p.131) 6 Pain, Healing, and Spiritual Renewal
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Spirituality in the Flesh
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Robert C. Fuller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.003.0006

Pain and illness often register cultural dysfunction. For this reason, bodily pain frequently motivates radical efforts toward cultural and theological reconstruction. This chapter demonstrates the role that bodily illness plays in stimulating religious reconstructions of reality by examining how the radical theological agendas advanced by metaphysical healing groups have been rooted in the private experience of the body and its afflictions.

Keywords:   body language, bodily metaphors, illness, pain, Wilhelm Reich, subtle energies

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