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Life in the Flesh: An Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy

Adam G. Cooper


Christianity is deeply interested in the living human body, since each body is a person, and each person a creature and image-bearer of God. The classic sources of the Christian tradition engender a spiritual philosophy that challenges the contemporary gnostic impulse to marginalize the body, to reduce it to meat. At the same time, a Christian metaphysics of the flesh affirms the human substructure as a bodily-spiritual synthesis. Since the person is an enfleshed spiritual being, the human body bears intrinsic personal meaning. In the three great mysteries of God's dealings with the universe—c ... More

Keywords: flesh, body, philosophy, metaphysics, gnosticism, morality, ethics, sexuality, incarnation, Christ

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.001.0001


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Adam G. Cooper, author
Senior Lecturer, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne, and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne
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