Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ: Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ

Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation, 1st Edition

Edited by Aurica Jax, Saskia Wendel


200 pages

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Hardback: 9780367356088
pub: 2019-09-12
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The metaphor of the cosmos as the Body of Christ offers an opportunity to escape the aporias of standard Body of Christ imagery, which has often proved anthropocentric, exclusivist, triumphalist and/or sexist in the analyses of classical theologies. The body motif in particular contains starting points for current body discourses of gender-sensitive and ecological theologies, especially in their mutual overlaps. This book offers a critical evaluation of the prospects and boundaries of an updated metaphor of the Body of Christ, especially in its cosmic dimension.

The first part of the book addresses the complex tradition in which the universal dimension of cosmological Christologies is located, including the thinking of the Apostles Paul and John, Origen, Cusanus, Teilhard de Chardin, McFague, and Panikkar. In the second part of the book, representatives of various innovative concepts will contribute to the anthology.

This is a wide-ranging study of the implications of a new cosmic Body of Christ. As such, it will be of interest to academics working in Religion and Gender, Religion and the Environment, Theology and Christology.

Table of Contents

Introduction Aurica Jax and Saskia Wendel

Part I Re-Constructions

"And Wisdom Became Matter": Materialist Explorations of the Cosmic Body of Christ

Aurica Jax

The Son as the Paradigm and Soul of the World: The Cosmic Christ in Origen

Christian Hengstermann

Christ and the Cosmos in Nicholas of Cusa’s Universe

Inigo Bocken

Teilhard de Chardin, Apostle of the Cosmic Christ

Ursula King

Following Raimon Panikkar towards an Understanding of Creation as Incarnatio Continua

Bernhard Nitsche

The "World as the Body of God" (Sallie McFague): The Cosmic Christ as the Measure of the Body of God

Margit Eckholt

Part II Investigations

Embodied Conscious Life: The Idea of an Incarnated God and the Precarious Metaphor of the Cosmic Body of Christ

Saskia Wendel

Deep Incarnation Between Balthasar and Bulgakov: The Form of Beauty and the Wisdom of God

Celia Deane-Drummond

Incarnational Presence: Sacramentality of Everyday Life and The Body. Or: Unsystematic Sceptical Musings on the Use of a Central Metaphor

Maaike de Haardt

Divine Promiscuity

Laurel Schneider

"These are my bodies…": Cosmic Christology between Monotheism and Polytheism

Matthew Eaton

Members of Each Other: Intercarnation, Gender and Political Theology

Catherine Keller


List of Contributors

About the Editors

Aurica Jax, Doctor of Divinity, is director of the "Arbeitsstelle Frauenseelsorge", German Bishops’ Conference. From 2013 to 2019, she was Research Assistant to the Chair for Systematic Theology, Institute for Catholic Theology, University of Cologne, Germany

Saskia Wendel is Professor for Systematic Theology, Institute of Catholic Theology, University of Cologne, and vice-director of the a.r.t.e.s.-Graduate School of the Humanities, Cologne, Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Christology
RELIGION / Christianity / General
RELIGION / Theology
RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies