Salvation in the Flesh

Understanding How Embodiment Shapes Christian Faith

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David Trementozzi
McMaster Theological Studies Series
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , February
     330 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Colin McCulloch forthcoming.


David Trementozzi contends that conservative-traditional Christianity has uncritically adopted an intellectualist (i.e., rationally-driven) view of faith in its understanding and practice of salvation. Throughout, he maintains that an intellectualist soteriology should be rejected because it prioritizes the rational over other behavioral and affective aspects of faith. An intellectualist rendering of salvation is incomplete because human experience is neither abstract nor gnostic—it is embodied and experientially relevant. An intellectualist soteriology simply cannot account for the dynamic and transforming possibilities of saving grace.

Salvation in the Flesh offers an innovative perspective on the embodied nature of faith and the centrality of the Holy Spirit in the Christian doctrine of salvation. Drawing from the cognitive neurosciences and psychology, Trementozzi argues for a holistic awareness of cognition to better inform an embodied understanding of faith. In dialogue with the cognitive sciences, he appropriates Jonathan Edwards’ theology of religious affections, early church practices, and pentecostal spirituality to highlight the soteriological significance of orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and orthopathy for a renewal soteriology of embodiment. In doing so, Trementozzi offers a vision of salvation that more thoroughly accounts for the multifarious ways God’s saving grace interacts with human flesh and blood.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Trementozzi is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Theology at Continental Theological Seminary in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium. David and his wife, Emily, live in Brussels with their three children: Judah, Kaleb, and Halle.

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