Bodies at play

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Luke Timothy Johnson’s The Revelatory Body (Eerdmans) makes two claims or appeals. The first is that we remember that the Bible is not solely the revelation of God but points to people themselves as revealing God. The second is that God continues to reveal himself through people, and this has implications for how we consider our bodies, which, contrary to more Platonic and less Biblical versions of Christianity, including that promoted by Pope John Paul II, that see us as souls in mere temporary homes, are part and parcel of our identity. Johnson then goes on to ask how we can think theologically about not only sexuality, but also our bodies at play, at work, in sickness and in health, and in doing so grounds the art of theology in messy, everyday life rather than lofty idealism.

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