In The Revelatory Body: Theology as an Inductive Art Luke Timothy Johnson “argues that theology can respond faithfully to the living God only by paying due attention to human bodily experience
Scripture points to the human body and lived experience as the preeminent arena of God’s continuing revelation in the world, says Luke Timothy Johnson. Attentively discerning the manifestations of God’s Spirit in and through the body is essential for theology to recover its nature as an inductive art rather than -- as traditionally conceived -- a deductive science.
Willingness to risk engaging actual human situations -- as opposed to abstract conceptualizations of those situations -- is required of the theologian, Johnson argues. He celebrates the intimations of divine presence and power in such human experiences as play, pain, pleasure, work, and aging, showing how theology can respond faithfully to the living God only by paying due attention to human bodily experience.”
To be published in August 2015.
-- Fordham University
“This beautiful book focuses like a laser on a theology of the body in the concrete. Laced with deep knowledge of Scripture and salted with personal experience, it makes the interesting case that the movement of God’s Spirit is expressed not only grandly in public events but also simply through events of the body. The human body -- at play, in pain or pleasure, at work, being exceptional, aging -- is a locus of divine revelation, and theology would do well to begin from that place. . . . Truly a gift from a wise elder.”