Date of Award
Master of Divinity (M.Div)
Cynthia Long Westfall
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.
Baker, Rachel, "Subversive Hope: A Theology of the Body that Speaks to the Issue of Body linage in the Lives of Women" (2010). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5333.
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