HDS 2570

Body and Flesh: Christian Metaphors in Contemporary Theory

Mayra Rivera Rivera


"The body" is a ubiquitous category in contemporary theory. It is often invoked as a solution to the devaluation of flesh and materiality and yet "the body" is also described as an effect of arrangements of power. It is conceived as subjective interiority and yet used as a metaphor of collective identity. Christianity is accused of devaluing the body and yet philosophers complain that the notion is still too Christian. This course will explore these tensions as it assesses the influence of Christian ideas in contemporary "secular" discussions. Readings will include texts by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Frantz Fanon, Jean Luc Nancy, Linda Martín Alcoff, in addition to Christian texts that are most frequently cited in these debates, such as the gospels, Tertillian, and Augustine. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2015
Thurs 2pm-4pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None