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Body: A Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person
There is a lurking Neo-Platonism in Christian thinking today. It assumes that there is a gaping hole between our inner and our outer selves and that the soul is to be seen as good while the body is bad. Gooder here explores six key concepts, especially from the writings of Paul, before exploring their implications for how we think and speak about our spirituality today.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Augsburg Books
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Oct 24, 2019 David Meldrum rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
An excellent, short but significant, survey of an often under-considered area of Christian theology; how we understand our human bodies, and the way the body is used in Scripture. There is much here to chew on, and much that undermines the views of the body, the death of our bodies, what we understand by spirit and soul, and Biblical imagery such as Paul's use of the body in 1 Corinthians 12. Once understood, taught and worked out properly, much of the material in this book could be healing and ...more
Why do so many of us feel unhappy about our bodies? Shouldn’t Christians be more concerned about their souls? Do we even have souls? And what about spirits? Are spirits and souls the same thing? Do animals have them? What does the Bible really teach about what happens to them when we die? Paula Gooder tackles these and many similarly challenging questions head-on in this highly accessible yet deeply scholarly book. It isn’t long, but it is brilliantly clear and packs a genuine punch. I loved it.
Paula Gooder (DPhil, Oxford) is a writer and lecturer in biblical studies with a passion to ignite people's enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way. She works for the Church of England as the director of mission learning and development in the Birmingham Diocese.