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That Famous Fig Leaf: Uncovering the Holiness of Our Bodies

, 2019
ISBN: 9781532659867
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Nothing that God created is the source of our human temptation. To the contrary! The human body is the crown of God’s creation—consummated by his declaration that it was good. That God’s people are unable to view the body without sinning is not an indictment of the body itself, but of the immaturity of the post-modern evangelical mind.

We live in a culture whose inhabitants spend billions of dollars a year to see each other naked on internet sites and in pornographic films, yet are often uncomfortable changing in front of each other in locker rooms or even being seen in a swimsuit on the beach. Could it be that we have so profoundly fused the image of the exposed body with sexual gratification that there is no context left for it to be laid bare without evoking either shame or arousal?

In That Famous Fig Leaf, Chad Thompson explores the spiritual implications of the physical body and, surprisingly, uncovers a new kind of freedom from sexual addiction along the way. Chad critiques the Christian purity movement for conflating purity with prudery, and reveals that changing how we esteem our bodies has the power to heal the hypersexualized body consciousness of our culture.

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  • Approaches the subject of the human body as that which reveals divine mysteries by demonstrating the attributes of God in form and function, design and behavior
  • Explores how the body has been theologically and historically misunderstood within the framework of Christianity
  • Analyzes how misconceptions concerning the physical body have resulted in spiritual implications which have given way to a divine disconnection between body and spirit
  • The Divine Disconnection
  • A Red Light in the Bedroom
  • That Famous Fig Leaf
  • Farquahr Finds His Penis
  • The Pale Lover
  • Anthropological Eyes
  • The Naked Cowboy
  • Born Again Bodies
Chad Thompson offers a unique examination of symbolism inscribed by God in our bodies, weaving a tapestry of insights on the spiritual, psychological, sociological, and anthropological implications of human embodiment. Drawing from an array of sources, including John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Chad offers a timely exploration of how the way we perceive and esteem our bodies impacts our relationships with self, others, and God.

Christopher West, President, Theology of the Body Institute and The Cor Project

  • Title: That Famous Fig Leaf: Uncovering the Holiness of Our Bodies
  • Author: Chad W. Thompson
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Print Publication Date: 2019
  • Logos Release Date: 2022
  • Pages: 141
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Nudity; Human body › Religious aspects--Christianity; Christianity and culture
  • ISBNs: 9781532659867, 9781532659874, 9781532659881
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T09:02:45Z

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Chad Thompson is a writer and speaker living in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the founder of Inqueery, an organization that addresses homosexuality on high school and college campuses, and is the former media specialist for the Iowa Family Policy Center. Thompson is also the author of The Homophobia Stops Here, a high school resource. 


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