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Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels (udgave 2006)

af Rodney Clapp

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A 2004 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year; 2004 Quills Award Nominee "Tortured Wonders "shows how orthodox Christian spirituality "never gives up on the body." Rodney Clapp begins by addressing the incarnation of Christ and the resurrection of the body, and the place of sacraments in Christian spirituality. Then he takes up the likes of Elvis and Bambi to explore the spiritual consequences of our contemporary obsession with celebrity and the fear of death. He calls us to embrace our creatureliness through a string of irresistible topics: Is there sex in heaven? What is the most "biblical" posture for prayer? Can we learn anything from non-Christian spiritual traditions? Pastors, counselors, and anyone interested in Christian spirituality will appreciate this lucid and insightful book.… (mere)
Medlem:pastorjeff
Titel:Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels
Forfattere:Rodney Clapp
Info:Brazos Press (2006), Paperback, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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I hate Spirit 105.3 (my local Christian radio station). If you like that radio station and I hurt your feelings, I apologize. In all honesty, I really do not want you to have hurt feelings, but I find Spirit 105.3 less wholesome and family friendly (as they advertise) and more vomit-inducing otherworldly fakery. Of course I am painting this station in broad strokes and I have no special insight regarding the spiritual lives of its disc jockeys, but every bit of spiritual advice I hear on air sounds like it came from the front porch of a wooden house in a Thomas Kinkade painting.

Enter Rodney Clapp and his book Tortured Wonders. In a way, Clapp’s premise in this book is a rebuttal against a “Spirit 105.3” spirituality. While our local Christian radio station seeks to disconnect the soul from the body promoting a Christian spirituality fit for people playing harps in heaven, Clapp reminds us that God created the human body and said that it was good.

Clapp splits Tortured Wonders in half. The first section, titled “Classical Christian Spirituality,” details Orthodox Christianity and the themes that pushed it towards an angelic spirituality. Part two, “Christianity in the Light (and Darkness) of the 21st Century,” depicts the ways in which an Orthodox spirituality could translate to our modern culture.

Clapp writes:

“As human beings, as tortured wonders, we are each of us ‘in between.’ We think, we speak, we dream, we pray, so we set ourselves apart from animals and the rest of creation. And yet we are also animals – like them, we are embodied; like them, we are born, we eat and live for a spell, and we die. We humans, then, are luminal creatures, teetering on the threshold between the divine and the bestial” (177).

It follows from this quote that Christian spirituality demands a more holistic approach. Too often, Christians define Orthodoxy as a religion of the mind. Through apologetics and prayer, classical and modern Christians actively participate in mental workouts. Clapp counters in arguing that Orthodox Christianity contains a spirituality of body and mind.

Our bodies are constant reminders that we own a one-way ticket to death. While some cover up sneezes with a handkerchief and others defy aging through Botox, human beings are incapable of outrunning death. Simply put, every day we wake up, we are one day closer to death. Understanding this concept, Clapp contends that a spirituality of the body ought to be a Christian practice.

Personally, Tortured Wonders has influenced me to pay close attention to the treatment of my body. I admit that I have fallen prey to an exclusive spirituality of the mind. This book has encouraged me to begin running, not for the sake of obtaining a good appearance, but for the purpose of submitting my body to something that I’d rather not do. Similarly, I am more aware of the food nourishing me. Eating is a spiritual act. It is done in community and the source of nourishment ought to be considered. If I eat processed foods, then I am consuming a food that is not only unhealthy, but also loaded with sugars and salts added for the purpose of tricking my anatomy to enjoy it the most. Thus, eating natural foods bring the benefits of health and moderation.

Tortured Wonders succeeds in expanding the breadth of what we consider spirituality. Although it is not a page turner, the themes present in the book provide a unique perspective. I recommend Tortured Wonders to anyone who is interested in a holistic approach to spirituality.

Originally posted at http://wherepenmeetspaper.blogspot.com/ ( )
  lemurfarmer | Sep 3, 2010 |
I loved this book and am sad that I ended up disagreeing with so much of it. The subtitle of this book "Christian Spirituality for People, not Angels" is what grabbed me and Clapp wonderfully develops this theme in warm, humorous, and humane ways. And that helped me. I liked the questions he raised and was impressed by his frequent grounding of his thinking in historic Christian orthodoxy (quoting from St Augustine more than anyone else). I liked how he grounded his initial thinking on our physicality in the doctrines of creation, incarnation, and resurrection, and how he disabuses his readers of ways of thinking about spirituality that are more in line with Gnosticism than Christianity. But I was disappointed with how he delt with some of his own questions and the direction of his answers (on such issues, for example, as homosexuality, the exclusivity of Christ, and eternal punishment). His wrong-headedness on these issues push his book off of my recommended reading list on to my "watch out - this could be dangerous!" list. Too bad. One more comment: Clapp is a wonderfully engaging writer - reminded me a lot of J. I. Packer with maybe a dash of Eugene Peterson thrown in ( )
  brianghedges | Oct 22, 2009 |
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A 2004 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year; 2004 Quills Award Nominee "Tortured Wonders "shows how orthodox Christian spirituality "never gives up on the body." Rodney Clapp begins by addressing the incarnation of Christ and the resurrection of the body, and the place of sacraments in Christian spirituality. Then he takes up the likes of Elvis and Bambi to explore the spiritual consequences of our contemporary obsession with celebrity and the fear of death. He calls us to embrace our creatureliness through a string of irresistible topics: Is there sex in heaven? What is the most "biblical" posture for prayer? Can we learn anything from non-Christian spiritual traditions? Pastors, counselors, and anyone interested in Christian spirituality will appreciate this lucid and insightful book.

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