Christianity can be quite a disembodied faith. Muslim’s have prayer positions, Hindu’s have yoga, Buddhists have Tai-Chi, whereas Christians tend to pray with little more than a bowed head. We ask theologian Paula Gooder why Christians have separated the spiritual from the physical, and what damage this has done for the faith. And we ask how our faith might be reshaped if we approached it in a more holistic and embodied way.

Image provided by Paula Gooder. Used with permission.
If you want to dig deeper into the issues raised in this episode, make sure you check out Paula’s book Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person. And while you’re at it have a gander at her other many and varied writings

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2 comments on “Paula Gooder – A Spirituality for the Whole Person (N129)

  1. Simon Kay Dec 16, 2017


    One comment I have on the post interview chat … there was a comment that the “holy trinity” of Going to church/quiet time / being born again are non-physical. I think going to church is a very physical activity, I guess the quiet time not so much but more than you think if you say said your prayers outloud or wrote a journal. I just think you are overplaying the point here.

    Maybe you should interview James KA Smith as he has recently written on this kind of thing.

    All the best – loving the interviews and keep up the good work.


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