The eagerly anticipated book, The Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person, based on the 2013 Sarum Theological Lectures by Paula Gooder, will be available ahead of publication exclusively to Sarum College Bookshop for the 2016 Sarum Lectures.
There is a lurking influence of Neo-Platonism within Christian thinking that tends to assume that the material is bad and the spiritual good; that there is a gaping hole between our inner and our outer selves and that the proper location of devotion is our inner being. There is a further assumption that, especially in the writings of Paul, the soul/spirit is to be placed in the ‘good’ category while opposite it, in the ‘bad’ category, is the body/flesh – leaving the question of what is meant by heart and mind largely ignored.
Paula Gooder explores what these six key concepts mean in the Bible, especially in the writings of Paul, before moving on to explore what Paul intended by the contrasts he drew, and what implications this all has for the way we think and speak about our spirituality today.
Copies of the book may be ordered from the bookshop and collected at any of the May Sarum Lectures in Salisbury Cathedral on Wednesday 4, 11 and 18 May for £9.99. The first lecture in the series is on Wednesday 27 April at 7pm.
Contact the bookshop on 01722 326899 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your copy. General publication by SPCK begins this summer.