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Broken Bodies

The Eucharist, Mary and the Body in Trauma Theology

Broken Bodies

The Eucharist, Mary and the Body in Trauma Theology

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334056249
Published: 04/12/2018

The Body of Christ is a traumatised body because it is constituted of traumatised bodies. This monograph explores the nature of that trauma and examines the implications of identifying the trauma of this body.

Constructing new ways of thinking about the narratives at the heart of the Christian faith, Karen O'Donnell offers a fresh perspective on Christian theology, in particular the Eucharist, and presents a call to love the body in all its guises.

It offers new pathways for considering what it means to`be Christian' and explores the impact that the experience of trauma has on Christian doctrine.

Contents:

Acknowledgements 

1. Trauma in Bodies, in Memories, and in Theology 

2. The Eucharist as Non-Identical Repetition: What is Being Re-Membered at the Altar? 

3. Christ is One: The Unity of the Body in the Theology of Cyril of Alexandria 

Rupture 

4. Priesthood

5. Sacrifice 

6. The Materiality of the Eucharist 

7. Trauma and Sacrament 

8. Body: A Love Story 

Further Reading 

Bibliography 

Index of Biblical References 

Index of Names and Subjects 

Karen O'Donnell

Dr Karen O'Donnell is CODEC Research Fellow in Digital Pedagogy & Theology at St John's College, Durham University.

"This extraordinarily powerful book does not retreat from the blood, loss and deathliness sewn into Christian theologies across the ages. Nonetheless, it also insists on their transformative potential and capacity to bring new light to experiences of trauma and its aftermath today. O'Donnell's is a bold new voice in constructive theology." -- Susannah Cornwall, Exeter University, UK