Introduction: The Body, Flesh and Bone

John C. Waldmeir

in Cathedrals of Bone

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230600
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236923 | DOI:
Introduction: The Body, Flesh and Bone

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the influence of the metaphoric representation of the Church as a body on Catholic thinking since the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II). It states that in addition to its influence on theological inquiries, this metaphor has helped shape a generation of Catholic fiction writers, poets, and playwrights. This book analyzes works relevant to Vatican II, including those of John Patrick Shanley, Louise Erdrich, and Annie Dillard.

Keywords: Church as a body; Vatican II; metaphor; religious literature; Catholic writers; John Patrick Shanley; Louise Erdrich; Annie Dillard

Chapter.  6605 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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