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Theology and the Kinesthetic ImaginationJonathan Edwards and the Making of Modernity$
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Kathryn Reklis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373062.001.0001

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(p.119) Epilogue
Theology and the Kinesthetic Imagination

Kathryn Reklis

Oxford University Press

The longing for a unified whole is as acute in late as it was in early modernity, and that longing is often projected onto bodily ecstasy. The epilogue suggests another way of understanding revival scenarios is through the kinesthetic imagination that enacts them in contemporary incarnations. The ecstatic religious body becomes a way of figuring forth rationality#amp;#x2019;s dark double and of escaping the fragmenting demands of modernity. The debates between Edwards and Chauncy, his archrival in the revival pamphlet wars, are still played out in religious rhetoric, academic study, and popular culture when confronted with religious ecstasy that disorders the body and the body politic. The epilogue meditates on the theological significance of the still-present kinesthetic imagination implied in these revival scenarios by exploring two recent cases from popular culture: vampire fiction (True Blood) and online political smear campaigns (against Sarah Palin).

Keywords:   True Blood, Sarah Palin, Kinesthetic imagination, religious ecstasy, disordered body, Modern self, Rationality

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