Bodies in Society: Essays on Christianity in Contemporary by Margaret R. Miles PDF

By Margaret R. Miles

schooling is set studying to imagine. a lot of what we name considering, besides the fact that, is a hodge-podge of repetitious self-talk, opinion, and slicing and pasting of second-hand principles. furthermore, pondering within the current has frequently been alien to students who have been tempted to imagine abstractly. yet existence and proposal belong jointly and require one another, as Plotinus mentioned many centuries in the past: "[T]he item of contemplation resides and lifestyles, and the 2 jointly are one" (Ennead 3.8.8). shortly, many girls and males within the educational international are pondering concretely in the context in their personal lives and with stated responsibility to broader groups with whom they suspect and to whom they're answerable. The essays during this quantity reflect on Christianity as a facet of North American tradition, bringing the serious instruments of the academy to puzzling over the various complicated and urgent difficulties of latest public life.

Three interactive and interdependent topics traverse those essays: gender, the consequences of media tradition, and associations. each one of those subject matters has been principal to Margaret Miles's paintings for thirty years. each one is aware corporeality as basic either to subjectivity and society. Miles unearths that Christianity, seriously appropriated, presents rules and techniques for considering concretely approximately lifestyles in North American society.

Through her prolific profession Margaret Miles has concentrated her scholarly sensibilities at the background of Christianity at the side of actual and abiding social matters. now not least of those are the issues and grants of gender family members. during this selection of essays, she turns her severe gaze upon meals and movie, media and mythology, pride and hope, as she examines the verbal and visible dimensions that contain institutional, own, communal, and creative our bodies. Miles mines the historical past of Christianity for tactics to beat our modern dis-ease with our bodies. Incisively descriptive, Miles still continues to be unafraid to put in writing prescriptions.
--S. Brent Plate, writer of Blasphemy: paintings that Offends and faith and movie: Cinema and the new version of the World

This number of essays, written over twenty years, monitors Margaret Miles's impressive breadth as a theologian, administrator, and cultural critic. With equivalent adeptness, she brings historic theological insights to undergo on modern tradition and sheds severe, historic mild on Christianity. The essays are written with beauty, humor, and acuity, and their subject material bargains whatever for nearly everyone--from movie to sexuality, asceticism to excitement, philosophical mirrored image to institutional procedure. yet they're unified by means of a unmarried quest--for embodied, passionate lifestyles in all its fullness. Following that pilgrimage via those essays, one can't aid yet breathe and imagine extra deeply.
--Kathleen Sands, affiliate Professor and Director of spiritual stories on the college of Massachusetts, Boston

Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of ancient Theology, the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She used to be Bussey Professor of Theology on the Harvard college Divinity university until eventually 1996, whilst she turned Dean and educational vp of the Graduate Theological Union. Her books contain a fancy satisfaction: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 (2008), Rereading historic Theology: earlier than, in the course of, and After Augustine (2008), The be aware Made Flesh: A heritage of Christian proposal (2005), and Plotinus on physique and sweetness (1999).

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