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Author

Rachel Baker

Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)

Department

Divinity College

Supervisor

Phil Zylla

Co-Supervisor

Cynthia Long Westfall

Language

English

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the pervasive and critical issue of body image that deeply affects the lives of many women in order to help the Canadian evangelical church articulate a theology of the body as it seeks to provide a holisitic and incarnational ministry to and for women. This thesis drew upon an approach to theology called practical theology as transforming practice, which is rooted in human experience and seeks to help people to reflect theologically on their experiences. The results of this thesis affirm the vital role that formulating a theology of the body plays in a ministry to and for women who struggle with the issue of body image in contemporary culture. This thesis concludes by presenting church leaders with ministry initiatives to implement in their ministry contexts in order to foster change that offers women the subversive hope of the message of the Gospel.

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