Let the Bones Dance
Embodiment and the Body of Christ
By Marcia W. Mount Shoop
What does it mean to have a body? And how do our bodies and their created nature connect to what it means to be a Christian? These questions require a new attentiveness to the language of the body for us to truly engage the answers. Even though Christianity is, at its core, an incarnational faith, bodies have been neglected and even rejected as a life-giving part of the human spiritual journey in much of the Christian tradition. Sin has been the central theological category used to describe and understand embodied existence. Let the Bones Dance explores the spiritual and theological promise of bodies by listening to the stories, poetics, and metaphors of embodied experience. Making space for body language to be honored invites the church as the Body of Christ to breathe in new vitality. Let the Bones Dance is an incarnational theology with healing at its heart.