What are Bodies for? An Integrative Examination of Embodiment

Elizabeth Lewis Hall


In this paper, Elizabeth Lewis Hall presents an integrative understanding of the human body, drawing on theology and the social sciences to answer the question, “What is the body for?” Radical dualist influences on culture and on Christianity have negatively affected experiences of embodiment. The social sciences are used to examine the structure of embodiment for clues regarding its function, and Scripture is used to explore God’s purposes for creating the body. Finally, implications of pursuing the right purposes for our bodies are explored in the areas of body enhancement, relating to others, and spiritual formation. Ms. Hall is Associate Professor at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University.


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