Living as Whole People in a Fractured World
We rarely give thought to our bodies until we're faced with a physical challenge or crisis. Somehow we've internalized the unbiblical idea that the immaterial aspect of our being--the soul or spirit--is inherently good, while the material aspect--the body--is at worst inherently evil and at best neutral. We think of the body as little more than a vehicle for the soul, so we end up neglecting or disparaging our bodies. We see them as holding us back from spiritual growth, and we long for the day when we will be free of them.
But the truth is, we don't have bodies; we are bodies.
And God created us that way for a reason.
With Scripture as his guide, theologian Gregg Allison presents a holistic theology of the human body from conception through eternity and equips us to address pressing contemporary issues related to our bodies, including how we express our sexuality, whether gender is inherent or constructed, body image, the meaning of suffering, end-of-life questions, and ultimately how we can live as whole people in a fractured world.
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