Embodied Theologies: A Brief Review of Transforming Christian Theology for Church and Society by Philip Clayton
Before my friend Greg “left the building” – that is the Christian faith – we had some compelling discussions about “personhood” and faith. Interestingly we still have some of those conversations but recognizably different. Though we referenced different branches on the Christian tree, it was not long before we both relayed how it seemed the particular theologies we grew out of found the practice of the faith almost secondary to belief – read, ascent.
Too often our conversations trailed to shock turned numbness as we heard of habits and practices that did not comport with what we knew of Jesus in the Scriptures. The actions that got our attention were less about one’s personal sensibilities offered under the banner of Christian morality and more to the manner others considered “sinners” were treated. What troubled us most is that while Jesus engaged people who seemed in great need of his love and care despite the intolerance of the religious people of his day among many today Jesus’ habits seemed not simply a distant practice but something of the opposite occurred. Total separation was applauded and judgment hoped for.
How the Church treats the new lepers became a chief concern. We talked about an embodied faith. That is a way of living the life of Jesus in real time not just in our cerebral chambers. Read More