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

By Margaret R. Miles

schooling is set studying to imagine. a lot of what we name pondering, even though, is a hodge-podge of repetitious self-talk, opinion, and slicing and pasting of second-hand principles. additionally, considering within the current has usually been alien to students who have been tempted to imagine abstractly. yet lifestyles and proposal belong jointly and require one another, as Plotinus mentioned many centuries in the past: "[T]he item of contemplation resides and existence, and the 2 jointly are one" (Ennead 3.8.8). almost immediately, many ladies and males within the educational global are considering concretely in the context in their personal lives and with said responsibility to broader groups with whom they suspect and to whom they're answerable. The essays during this quantity give some thought to Christianity as a side of North American tradition, bringing the serious instruments of the academy to considering the various puzzling and urgent difficulties of up to date public life.

Three interactive and interdependent subject matters traverse those essays: gender, the consequences of media tradition, and associations. every one of those issues has been crucial to Margaret Miles's paintings for thirty years. every one is aware corporeality as basic either to subjectivity and society. Miles reveals that Christianity, severely appropriated, presents principles and strategies for pondering concretely approximately existence in North American society.

Through her prolific occupation Margaret Miles has centred her scholarly sensibilities at the historical past of Christianity at the side of actual and abiding social matters. no longer least of those are the issues and provides of gender kinfolk. during this selection of essays, she turns her severe gaze upon meals and movie, media and mythology, satisfaction and hope, as she examines the verbal and visible dimensions that include institutional, own, communal, and creative our bodies. Miles mines the background of Christianity for tactics to beat our modern dis-ease with our bodies. Incisively descriptive, Miles still is still unafraid to jot down prescriptions.
--S. Brent Plate, writer of Blasphemy: paintings that Offends and faith and picture: Cinema and the new version of the World

This number of essays, written over 20 years, screens Margaret Miles's awesome breadth as a theologian, administrator, and cultural critic. With equivalent adeptness, she brings old theological insights to undergo on modern tradition and sheds severe, ancient mild on Christianity. The essays are written with beauty, humor, and acuity, and their material deals whatever for nearly everyone--from movie to sexuality, asceticism to excitement, philosophical mirrored image to institutional technique. yet they're unified by way of a unmarried quest--for embodied, passionate lifestyles in all its fullness. Following that pilgrimage via those essays, one can't support yet breathe and imagine extra deeply.
--Kathleen Sands, affiliate Professor and Director of spiritual experiences on the collage 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 collage Divinity college until eventually 1996, while she grew to become Dean and educational vp of the Graduate Theological Union. Her books contain a fancy pride: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 (2008), Rereading historic Theology: ahead of, in the course of, and After Augustine (2008), The be aware Made Flesh: A historical past of Christian idea (2005), and Plotinus on physique and sweetness (1999).

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