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Born Again Bodies by R. Marie Griffith
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing

This book shows the relationship American Christianity has with the flesh. Focusing on more popular elements (e.g. diet books) rather than theological aspects (e.g. fasting), this book argues that Christianity has a culture of perfectionism that manifests itself in pursuits of bodily idealism. This book will be useful in my dissertation discussions on the health and wealth gospel as its desire for healing and wellness is part of a long tradition of Christian interest in the physical body.
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Oliver Bateman This probably won't be too helpful for your purposes, but it was a heck of a read:

Catherine of Siena ate the pus right off other people's arms! And she'd vomit up any food but the Eucharist! Amazing.

Susie Meister Oh, yeah! I've read this one. Fascinating!

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