Given the amount of body shaming and objectification present in our culture, Professor Kayb Joseph of Covenant College offers some challenging and timely thoughts.
While we have a fantastic theology of the body available to us in the Bible, we hear little about it beyond what the church tells us our bodies are not for. Little attention is given to what they are for. Thus, our bodies have become isolated in our culture. We have become suspicious of touch and the body communal. With great difficulty, we attempt to live out an embodied experience without an understanding of what it means to be soul enfleshed. We do not understand that Christian spirituality is not freedom from the body, but freedom within the body. That Christ’s embodiment dignifies and exemplifies this for us.
How can we reimagine the body in a positive and Christian way? What would it look like to engage in countercultural acts of image-making that affirm our embodied existence?
Listen to the full chapel address below: