Original Research - Special Collection: Faith practices

Theology in the flesh – a model for theological anthropology as embodied sensing

Jacob Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2858 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2858 | © 2015 Jacob Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 November 2014 | Published: 26 June 2015

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Jacob Meiring, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The author proposes a model for theological anthropology as embodied sensing that is based on an interdisciplinary exploration of the corporeal turn from a southern African perspective. The work of James B. Nelson is acknowledged, stating that body theology starts with the concrete, the bodily expressions of life and not with doctrines about God and humanity. The theological anthropology of David H. Kelsey is evaluated as a theological anthropology with a sentiment of the flesh. Based on clearings in the work of David Kelsey and an interdisciplinary research, the author proposes a model for theological anthropology as embodied sensing which functions within the intricate and complex connection of the living body, language and experiencing in a concrete lifeworld with an openness to the ‘more than’. The author considers the use of bodymapping within narrative therapy as a way in which to uncover the intimate and intricate connection between the living body, experience and language, and implementing insights from theological anthropology as embodied sensing.


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