Clothed in the Body: Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in…

Clothed in the Body: Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era (Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity)
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2012-07-20
ISBN-10: 1409409147
ISBN-13: 9781409409144
Language: English
Pages: 250
Added: 2018-09-20 20:56:07

Hunt examines the apparent paradox that Jesus’ earthly existence and post resurrection appearances are experienced through consummately physical actions and attributes yet some ascetics within the Christian tradition appear to seek to deny the value of the human body, to find it deadening of spiritual life. Hunt considers why the Christian tradition as a whole has rarely managed more than an uneasy truce between the physical and the spiritual aspects of the human person. Why is it that the ‘Church’ has energetically argued, through centuries of ecumenical councils, for the dual nature of Christ but seems still unwilling to accept the full integration of physical and spiritual within humanity, despite Gregory of Nazianzus’s comment that ‘what has not been assumed has not been redeemed’? Show more Show less 332421da2c27a57434ad5d1a3cefd9c7

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