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Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity By R. Marie Griffith,

  • Title: Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity
  • Author: R. Marie Griffith
  • ISBN: 9780520242401
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fat People Don t Go to Heaven screamed a headline in the tabloid Globe in November 2000 The story recounted the success of the Weigh Down Workshop, the nation s largest Christian diet corporation and the subject of extensive press coverage from Larry King Live to the New Yorker In the United States today, hundreds of thousands of people are making diet a religious dut Fat People Don t Go to Heaven screamed a headline in the tabloid Globe in November 2000 The story recounted the success of the Weigh Down Workshop, the nation s largest Christian diet corporation and the subject of extensive press coverage from Larry King Live to the New Yorker In the United States today, hundreds of thousands of people are making diet a religious duty by enrolling in Christian diet programs and reading Christian diet literature like What Would Jesus Eat and Fit for God Written with style and wit, far ranging in its implications, and rich with the stories of real people, Born Again Bodies launches a provocative yet sensitive investigation into Christian fitness and diet culture Looking closely at both the religious roots of this movement and its present day incarnations, R Marie Griffith vividly analyzes Christianity s intricate role in America s obsession with the body, diet, and fitness.As she traces the underpinning of modern day beauty and slimness ideals as well as the bigotry against people who are overweight Griffith links seemingly disparate groups in American history including seventeenth century New England Puritans, Progressive Era New Thought adherents, and late twentieth century evangelical diet preachers.
    Born Again Bodies Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity Fat People Don t Go to Heaven screamed a headline in the tabloid Globe in November The story recounted the success of the Weigh Down Workshop the nation s largest Christian diet corporation and

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    1. This book shows the relationship American Christianity has with the flesh Focusing on popular elements e.g diet books rather than theological aspects e.g fasting , this book argues that Christianity has a culture of perfectionism that manifests itself in pursuits of bodily idealism This book will be useful in my dissertation discussions on the health and wealth gospel as its desire for healing and wellness is part of a long tradition of Christian interest in the physical body.

    2. Mixed feelings This is an extraordinarily interesting book but it s dense, somewhat overwritten, and not easy to read Trivial issues, just be sure to read it when you have a quiet space and time to concentrate.The bigger problem I have with it is that, while I think assume I wouldn t know otherwise Griffith probably does great when sticking to topics within religious contexts, I am sometimes skeptical of her application of them to secular situations Fitness may not be a religion in the literal o [...]

    3. This is an outstanding academic history of Christian thinking on the body from the birth of America to present It follows the major currents of thinking in Anglo American Protestant theology, though it veers into doctrinally unorthodox areas that are nonetheless important because of their overall influence on the wider culture For me, the highlights were the sections on fasting and New Thought, which strikes me as an obvious predecessor to Scientology The section on contemporary devotional dieti [...]

    4. We had to read and write a paper on this one for my Christianity class The whole class complained not many people got the point of the book I don t think , It may have been hard to follow for some, but I found it to be very interesing Could it be that in some Christian traditions the fat body is the physical manifestation or representation of sin Yes, according to the author It was an interesting topic and the author gave solid, extremely informative info I love the info on Weigh Down Diets and [...]

    5. What do evangelical diets and New Thought air diets have in common A lot, according to Griffith Taking strands from unexpected places, she argues that diverse religious influences helped make the modern ideal of the body and continue to support racialized and gendered power hierarchies Her extensive ethnographic research is supplemented by a great deal of primary source documents Her writing style is clear, interesting, and supremely insightful.

    6. An in depth look at the close relationship between the secular weight loss industry and the American Protestant Evangelist view of the body Oodles of information here with some challenging conclusions Rating 4 stars.

    7. I adore this author s areas of interest and this author She focuses on gender and sexuality, body image, religion, and how they all overlap And I m real hype on her future project s as well

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