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Life in the FleshAn Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy$
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Adam G. Cooper

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.001.0001

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The Early Church

The Early Church

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Life in the Flesh

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For the church Fathers the human body presents a focal symbol impinging upon nearly all theological reflection. Their doctrines of creation, Scripture, incarnation, salvation, church, sacraments, asceticism, morality, and eschatology all hinge upon the specific nature and function of the human body in the divine economy. Christ's flesh, present in and as the church, is the effective locus of human and cosmic deification.

Keywords:   flesh, body, gnosticism, resurrection, Christ, incarnation, sacrament, icon, passion, soul, anthropology

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