Life in the Flesh: An Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy

Hardcover | August 28, 2008

byAdam G. Cooper

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Christianity is deeply interested in the body. In its central mysteries - creation, incarnation, and resurrection - the body and human flesh are radically implicated. Bodies are persons, and persons are spiritual beings, bearers of the divine image and destined for bodily union with God. Fromthe Bible to the Second Vatican Council, from Irenaeus and Tertullian to Aquinas and Luther, the classic sources of the Christian tradition engender a spiritual philosophy that challenges the ever-present gnostic impulse either to marginalize, or else to worship, the body. Adam G. Cooper bringsthese rich sources into conversation with numerous contemporary voices in philosophy and theology, offering an illuminating and critical perspective on such pressing social and ethical questions as pornography, feminism, philosophy of mind, sterility, and death.

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Christianity is deeply interested in the body. In its central mysteries - creation, incarnation, and resurrection - the body and human flesh are radically implicated. Bodies are persons, and persons are spiritual beings, bearers of the divine image and destined for bodily union with God. Fromthe Bible to the Second Vatican Council, fro...

Adam G. Cooper has lectured and published widely in patristics, incarnational theology, and historical and pastoral theology. His doctoral research at the University of Durham (2002) was on the deification of the body in the theological vision of St Maximus the Confessor. An Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, he teaches h...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:August 28, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI: Flesh in Scripture and Tradition1. The Old Testament2. The New Testament3. The Early Church4. Thomas Aquinas5. Martin LutherII: Flesh in Philosophy and Life6. Metaphysics and morality7. Mind and body8. Sex and gender9. Pornography and violence10. Sterility and deathEpilogueBibliographyIndex