Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ : Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology

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Mainstream Christian theology has valued the integrity of the body and the goodness of God reflected in creation. However, it has also asserted the complementarity of 'normal' male and female physiology. 'Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ' offers the first systematic theology of the intersexed body. The book analyses the theological implications of physical intersex conditions and their medical treatment. The medical assumption of what constitutes male and female bodies is shown to raise essential questions about the meaning of incarnation and bodiliness. The book argues for a theology that speaks to stigmatized and marginal bodies, examining the impact of such a theology on sex, marriage, sexuality, perfection, healing, and the resurrected body.
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  • Paperback | 281 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 431g
  • Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 184553669X
  • 9781845536695
  • 749,735

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"Brings to light the mass confusion - uncertainty - surrounding intersex conditions in both medical circles and theological circles. This volume is highly recommended." - Religious Studies Review
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About Susannah Cornwall

Susannah Cornwall is an Honorary Research Fellow in Theology at the University of Exeter. Her recent publications include 'The Kenosis of Unambiguous Sex in the Body of Christ: Intersex, Theology and Existing for the OtherA"' (Theology & Sexuality 14.2, 2008) and 'State of Mind' versus 'Concrete Set of Facts': The Contrasting of Transgender and Intersex in Church Documents on SexualityA" (Theology & Sexuality 15.1, 2009).
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