Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person
by Paula Gooder;
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Best-selling theologian Paula Gooder continues her eloquent run of books which bring a new life to Biblical Studies.
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The Body and the Spirit, though, roughly speaking, being in the same place they are almost always separated from each other in Christian thought.
The body is painted as something bad, frail, coarsely corporeal and ruled by "the flesh" (which is always pronounced with parental disdain, as if it were a bad influence on an otherwise good child). Whereas the Spirit is pure, lofty, and Good, and that you can only really connect with God with what is inside.
But is it fair to separate 'Spirituality' from the Body?
Following up 'Heaven', her bestselling and highly praised look at how we see heaven and how the Bible depicts it, Paula Gooder explores key Biblical concepts of the Body before moving on to examine what Paul taught in the New Testament. That actually we need to take a different look at what is meant by the Body.
With careful scholarship, thoughtful reflection on Biblical passages, and an stylistic approach like that of 'Heaven', which The Times Literary Supplement called "a fine example of careful biblical scholarship made accessible and exciting", Body isn't just a book for the brain.
Neither is it a book to feed the Spirit.
It's a book for the person.
The whole person.
Body by Paula Gooder was published by SPCK in May 2016 and is our 2096th best seller. The ISBN for Body is 9780281071005.
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There is a lurking influence of Neo-Platonism within Christian thinking that tends to assume that the material is bad and the spiritual good; that there is a gaping hole between our inner and our outer selves and that the proper location of devotion is our inner being. There is a further assumption that, especially in the writings of Paul, the soul/spirit is to be placed in the 'good' category while opposite it, in the 'bad' category, is the body/flesh - leaving the question of what is meant by heart and mind largely ignored.
Paula Gooder explores what these six key concepts mean in the Bible, especially in the writings of Paul, before moving on to explore what Paul intended by the contrasts he drew, and what implications this all has for the way we think and speak about our spirituality today.
Details for Body
|Page last updated||7th June 2016|
|Author / Artist||Paula Gooder|
|Publisher||SPCK (May 2016)|
|Number of Pages||128|