Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Bodily and Christian

Christians have a complex relationship with their bodies, perhaps more complex than general society.

A few reasons why:

  • The crucified Jesus (a crucifixion not cancelled out by resurrection).

  • The resurrection of Jesus

  • The 'missing' body of Jesus (people struggle with belief in bodily resurrection without seeing the body of Jesus, and tend toward resurrection as a bodyless spiritual state, but then imp0rt all the problems of that kind of dualism.)

  • The 'general' resurrection

  • Imago Dei (Genesis 1:27)

  • Creation as good (Genesis 1) and the resurrection of all creation

  • The Incarnation, specifically the hypostatic union

  • The sacraments

  • The call to sexual purity, especially in a society that views sexual expression as the defining personal freedom (1Cor: 6-7)


  1. Add to that list, sacraments. I think I'm right in saying that William Temple said that Christianity was the most material(ist) religion. That was an approving comment on his part.

  2. Yes, I don't know why I left it off. Eating flesh and drinking blood!

  3. I'd Like to say that this has been an issue for the Church since very early on it is why St.Irenaeus wrote his against Heresies. If you want a very earthly and environmental theology he is a great place to start.