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God and Grace of BodySacrament in Ordinary$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231829.001.0001

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Beautiful and Sexy

Beautiful and Sexy

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God and Grace of Body

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This chapter focuses on the two aspects of body that are often said to be the furthest removed from Christianity's own emphases: the body as beautiful and as sexual. It highlights key moments of engagement from the earlier history of the Christian tradition. The ancient Greek understanding of beautiful bodies as graced by the divine was renewed at the Renaissance, just as the potentiality of sexuality as a religious metaphor was rediscovered in Baroque art. The chapter suggests that there is a desperate need for sexuality to be freed from the rather narrow range of associations it has come to acquire in the modern world.

Keywords:   human body, beauty, sexuality, Christianity, Christians, Greeks, Baroque art, Renaissance

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