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.

Interview starts at 6m 10s

Image provided by Paula Gooder. Used with permission.


Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person


“If we just think that praying happens when you sit very still and do something with your inner life then actually we lose something which is really important.”

“If the world is coming to an end, it doesn’t really matter how badly we treat it does it…Whereas, when you begin to put back in to an understanding that actually it’s not that this world is coming to an end but is going to be renewed and transformed into a new heaven and a new earth then actually it’s really appalling how we treat the environment rather than of no consequence whatsoever.”


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  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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