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By Margaret R. Miles

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schooling is set studying to imagine. a lot of what we name pondering, even though, is a hodge-podge of repetitious self-talk, opinion, and slicing and pasting of second-hand rules. furthermore, pondering within the current has frequently been alien to students who have been tempted to imagine abstractly. yet existence and inspiration belong jointly and require one another, as Plotinus mentioned many centuries in the past: "[T]he item of contemplation resides and existence, and the 2 jointly are one" (Ennead 3.8.8). shortly, many ladies and males within the educational global are pondering concretely in the context in their personal lives and with said responsibility to broader groups with whom they suspect and to whom they're answerable. The essays during this quantity examine Christianity as a facet of North American tradition, bringing the severe instruments of the academy to puzzling over a number of the confusing and urgent difficulties of up to date public life.

Three interactive and interdependent topics traverse those essays: gender, the results of media tradition, and associations. each one of those subject matters has been valuable to Margaret Miles's paintings for thirty years. every one is aware corporeality as basic either to subjectivity and society. Miles reveals that Christianity, severely appropriated, presents principles and strategies for pondering concretely approximately existence in North American society.

Through her prolific occupation Margaret Miles has targeted her scholarly sensibilities at the historical past of Christianity along with actual and abiding social matters. no longer least of those are the issues and provides of gender relatives. during this number of essays, she turns her serious gaze upon nutrition and movie, media and mythology, pride and wish, as she examines the verbal and visible dimensions that include institutional, own, communal, and creative our bodies. Miles mines the heritage of Christianity for methods to beat our modern dis-ease with our bodies. Incisively descriptive, Miles still is still unafraid to jot down prescriptions.
--S. Brent Plate, writer of Blasphemy: artwork that Offends and faith and movie: Cinema and the new version of the World

This choice of essays, written over 20 years, screens Margaret Miles's impressive breadth as a theologian, administrator, and cultural critic. With equivalent adeptness, she brings old theological insights to endure on modern tradition and sheds severe, old mild on Christianity. The essays are written with attractiveness, humor, and acuity, and their material deals anything for nearly everyone--from movie to sexuality, asceticism to excitement, philosophical mirrored image to institutional procedure. yet they're unified through a unmarried quest--for embodied, passionate existence in all its fullness. Following that pilgrimage via those essays, one can't support yet breathe and imagine extra deeply.
--Kathleen Sands, affiliate Professor and Director of spiritual reviews on the collage of Massachusetts, Boston

Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of ancient Theology, the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She used to be Bussey Professor of Theology on the Harvard college Divinity college till 1996, whilst she turned Dean and educational vice chairman of the Graduate Theological Union. Her books comprise a fancy pride: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 (2008), Rereading old Theology: earlier than, in the course of, and After Augustine (2008), The be aware Made Flesh: A heritage of Christian inspiration (2005), and Plotinus on physique and wonder (1999).

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