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3. Made in the Image: The Christian Understanding of the Body

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1. Title Title of document 3. Made in the Image: The Christian Understanding of the Body - Spirituality and Wellbeing
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Jeff Leonardi; University of Wales Trinity St David;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) spiritual experience; wellbeing; health; spirituality and health; Christianity and the body; negative theological attitudes to the body;
5. Subject Subject classification Spirituality; Health
6. Description Abstract Historically, Christianity has for the most part tended to view the body as a relatively unimportant vessel for the soul. The body has been associated with desire - and therefore sin - mortality and decay. In our own time this legacy has led to Christianity being seen as anti-pleasure and anti-sex, and even more so with regard to same-sex relations. All this is somewhat surprising given the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation, and indeed Resurrection (of the body). This chapter will outline some of the negative theological attitudes to the body and suggest ways in which this aspect of Christian culture impacts negatively upon health and wellbeing. It is also suggested that the wider post-Enlightenment culture incorporates an extent of Mind-Body dualism which can also contribute to these unhelpful effects. It will also be suggested that Christianity can offer a more appreciative and celebratory perspective on the body, with important implications for health and wellbeing. Drawing from Person-centred psychology it is suggested that the concepts of the actualising tendency and organismic awareness can offer a more holistic balance to these historical quandaries.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Mar-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35868
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Spirituality and Wellbeing
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd