Category: Embodiment

In Awe of Bodies: How the Olympians Remind Us of Our Humanity

Editor’s Note:  John Dyer is the author of From the Garden to the City, an excellent book on Christianity and technology.  We are delighted to publish his reflection on Olympians and bodies.  From Embarrassment to Awe Passing a row of...

/ August 11, 2012
"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body."

“You Don’t Have a Soul”: C.S. Lewis Never Said It

Editor’s note:  Below is the definitive take-down of the idea that C.S. Lewis said that “You do not have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.”   In recent years, the attribution has taken on a life...

/ July 5, 2012
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An Aspen in a Forest of Pines: Thinking through Asexuality

Note from Matt: I first met Chris Krycho after he reviewed Earthen Vessels and proceeded to grill me about it.  He’s a thoughtful fellow and wrote the following.  As I had been planning on addressing the same piece soon, I...

/ April 18, 2012

What Robertson Means for Marriage

Part two of my thoughts on Robertson and marriage, over at the Washington Post. My basic argument there is that the reaction should be seen as a genuine sign of hope for evangelicals and Americans: Evangelicals are hardly a perfect...

/ September 16, 2011

Pat Robertson, Bodies, and Divorce

That’s the subject of my short essay over at Relevant Magazine. I sound a note that will doubtlessly be a familiar one to readers of Mere-O and of Earthen Vessels, but the brouhaha affords evangelicals an opportunity to re-examine our...

/ September 16, 2011

Let’s Call it Danish Gymnastics: The Yoga Body

In the fall of last year, Al Mohler initiated a firestorm by suggesting that “yoga cannot be fully extricated from its spiritual roots in Hinduism and Buddhism.” In making his argument, Mohler was drawing on Stefanie Symen’s The Subtle Body....

/ August 23, 2011

Five Books on the Body for Evangelicals

One of the joys of writing a book for me was having the opportunity to do some cartography of the terrain between evangelicals and the physical body. Outside observers often call it a wasteland, but I’m somewhat more optimistic.  It...

/ June 15, 2011

One more on Challies/Evans-Gate

The first go-around was here.  Now Tim Ricchuiti has chimed in with some smart thoughts: Zoom out a bit further: why would the husband have say in how his wife presents herself? Typically, we think of our “rights” (that is,...

/ May 30, 2011

An Imperfect Beauty

Tim Challies: Does a woman need to remain beautiful to her husband? Yes, she does! But this does not mean that she needs to remain beautiful in the way society understands beauty. She does not need to mimic the Hollywood...

/ May 26, 2011

Earthen Vessels: The Endorsements (Pt. 3)

The final round of endorsements: “What does Christianity have to say about the body? Much more than you might think. Matthew Lee Anderson—one of evangelicalism’s brightest young writers—is a serious student of God’s Word and God’s world, and in this...

/ May 20, 2011