Christian Flesh

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Paul J. Griffiths
Encountering Traditions
  • Palo Alto, CA: 
    Stanford University Press
    , September
     176 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jonathan Platter forthcoming.


A sustained and systematic theological reflection on the idea that being a Christian is, first and last, a matter of the flesh, Christian Flesh shows us what being a Christian means for fleshly existence. Depicting and analyzing what the Christian tradition has to say about the flesh of Christians in relation to that of Christ, the book shows that some kinds of fleshly activity conform well to being a Christian, while others are in tension with it. But to lead a Christian life is to be unconstrained by ordinary ethical norms. Arguing that no particular case of fleshly activity is forbidden, Paul J. Griffiths illustrates his message through extended case studies of what it is for Christians to eat, to clothe themselves, and to engage in physical intimacy.

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

Paul J. Griffiths is Warren Chair of Catholic Theology at Duke University and the author of The Practice of Catholic Theology (2016) and Decreation (2014).



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