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"Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of many basic demanding situations to human lifestyles is the anxiousness as a result of our wish to be excellent and godlike whereas understanding we're restricted and mortal. This ebook explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties approximately our finitude. via our garments, we regularly safeguard ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others discover our emotional, actual, and Read more...

summary: "Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of many primary demanding situations to human life is the nervousness because of our wish to be ideal and godlike whereas figuring out we're restricted and mortal. This publication explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties approximately our finitude. via our garments, we regularly guard ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others notice our emotional, actual, and non secular vulnerabilities. taking a look at the incarnation as a sort of 'dress, ' Saracino claims that obtaining bare with Jesus or embracing our vulnerability is our basically desire at developing life-giving relationships with God and others within the worldwide world."--Publisher description

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What we wear conveys our creativity and our conformity to ideals and standards we did not create. Though we may not accept the mantra that “clothes make the person,” our dress often does reveal much about ourselves. Some of us may pay more attention to what we wear than others, but all of us are affected and shaped by practices of dress and adornment. Many of us, however, have not considered clothing to be a practice of faith. In this elegant and accessible book, Michele Saracino urges us to think otherwise.

But unlike other mammals, we are swaddled in clothes from the moment of our birth and spend most of the rest of our lives in various forms of dress. We get dressed for many reasons: to protect ourselves from elements such as cold weather and sun, to cover up parts of the body out of modesty, to express ourselves in colors and styles, to follow trends and external standards of beauty and fashion. Clothing is both a basic necessity and an expression of the human spirit. What we wear conveys our creativity and our conformity to ideals and standards we did not create.

Because so many voices have been silenced throughout the church’s history, it is essential that Christian theologians attend to voices beyond the corridors of ecclesial and social power. Outside these corridors, after all, is where Christian faith takes root in ordinary life. Though each of us writes theology somewhat differently—some with explicit schools of theology in mind, such as liberationist or womanist theology—we all share the conviction that theology matters, not simply for reflective life, but for the life of the world.

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