At Home in Our Bodies: Implications of the Incarnation for Embodiment and Christian Higher Education

M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall and Erik Thoennes

In this essay, psychologist Elizabeth Hall and theologian Erik Thoennes explore issues related to living as fallen embodied persons, including how we should understand our embodied experiences, and what constitutes a right relationship with our bodies. They suggest that certain aspects of our culture and our theological history have contributed to confusion regarding these issues. The incarnation is presented as a model of embodied existence unmarred by sin, and implications of the incarnation are explored for their relevance to embodiment. The paper ends with recommendations for applying these insights to our work as Christian academicians. Ms. Hall is Associate Professor of Psychology and Mr. Thoennes is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at Biola University.

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