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God and Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary

David Brown


This book explores the ways in which the symbolic associations of the body and what we do with it have helped shape religious experience and continue to do so. A Church narrowly focused on Christ's body wracked in pain needs to be reminded that the body, as beautiful and sexual, has also played a crucial role not only in other religions but also in the history of Christianity itself. Dance was one way in which the connection was expressed. The irony is not that such a connection has gone, but that it now exists almost wholly outside the Church. Much the same could be said about music more gene ... More

Keywords: the body, religious experience, Christ's body, sexual, history of Christianity, dance, the Church, classical music, pop

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Brown, author
Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, University of Durham
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