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The Resurrection of <i>Body</i>: Re-imagining Human Personhood in Christian Tradition

Margaret R. Miles

in Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646821
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646821.003.0004
The Resurrection of Body: Re-imagining Human Personhood in Christian Tradition

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This chapter explores the effect of three models of ‘person’ on understandings of Christianity. The first model pictures persons as stacked components, usually mind or soul and body. According to historical proponents of this model, mind/soul is the person, encouraging attention to Christian doctrines, creeds, and beliefs. The second model, proposed by twenty-first century neurophysiologists, overturns the first by insisting that mind is an epiphenomenon of body. It directs attention to the practices, images, and music by which Christian faith was made a physical experience. A third model proposes that ‘person’ is irreducibly a non-analyzable, non-dissectible ‘intelligent body.’ Using the doctrine of the resurrection of body as an example, the chapter argues that both beliefs and practices can be most fruitfully understood as emerging from the intelligent body.

Keywords: resurrection; interpretation; person; history; neurophysiologists; body; intelligent body

Chapter.  5077 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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