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A Spirituality of the Body
It may seem unusual to speak of a spirituality of the body. After all, many Christians have believed that spirituality is being free from the body and its impulses. The spiritual life is understood as saying yes to the Spirit’s work in our spirit and saying no to the “flesh,” which is often perceived to be related to the human body. Moreover, our body often gives us fits. We are not sure what to do with its urges, failures, and pain. Thus, many perceive the human body to be an enemy of true spirituality.
But true spirituality is not a disembodied faith. We live within the body God has given to us, and God calls us to lives of holiness and spirituality within and through our bodies. . .
Dennis Hollinger, Professor, is the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a speaker and author of four books, including The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life; Head, Heart, Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought; Passion and Action; and Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World. Dennis is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, IL, and for many years was a member of the Health Care Ethics Committee at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Drew University, and did post-doctoral studies at Oxford University.