A Plea for Embodied Spirituality
The Role of the Body in Religion
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The body is crucial to religious life, but there has been little practical attention to how to make a helpful reality of this fact. Strong forms of philosophical dualism have been widely abandoned by post-war theologians in favour of a more integrated view of human nature, but guidance on the role of the body in Christian spirituality remains fragmentary.
Focusing particularly on drawing out practical implications for religious life and ministry, this book will survey the many ways in which the body plays an important role in religions and spiritual life, drawing on scientific research, theology and philosophy.
"In this accessible and deeply personal book psychologist and theologian Fraser Watts uses insights from an extraordinarily wide range of disciplines to provide an account of religion that integrates mind with body, thinking with feeling and action. The fruit of a lifetime's scholarship, clinical practice, worship, and reflection, it not only provides rich resources but also models the integrated approach for which it pleads." -- Joanna Collicutt, University of Oxford, UK