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Body Theology.

I gave Body Theology (Westminster/John Knox Press, 216 pages, $12.99 paperback) by James B. Nelson to Donala Maher, able spokesperson for St. Paul the Apostle's group of Gay and Lesbian Catholics in Manhattan.

Maher reports that Nelson encourages the integration of body and sexuality into spirituality, focusing on sexual theology, male issues and biomedical ethics. The interrelated topics he covers include homosexuality, aging, reproductive choices, illness, HIV and AIDS.

The most provoking chapter, as Maher read it, was "Doing Body Theology," in which Nelson criticizes a dualism that separates body from soul, perverting the meanings of masculinity. That dualism manifests itself in social violence, sexism, racism, homophobia, heterosexism, ecological abuse and confusion in the use of medical technology.

Maher recommends Body Theology for those uncomfortable with human sexuality and its various aspects.
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Author:Graham, William C.
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 16, 1993
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