The body is a cultural entity on which religious ideology is printed, both as an artefact in itself and in relation to other bodies. Thus it is frequently a subject of interest, anxiety, prescription and regulation in biblical law, the New Testament, or early Christian and Jewish writings. Issues such as the body’s age, disability, purity, sickness, vulnerability, gender, sexual orientation, modesty, activities and placements can revolve around what the body is and is not supposed to do or be. This study day will involve an inter-disciplinary and creative exploration of various dimensions of religious thinking about the body: a subject with wide and important repercussions in diverse cultural contexts today.
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