I'm forwarding a message from Dr. Rebecca Sachs Norris regarding a new book.
> I am co-editing (with David Cave and Tom Idinopulos) a volume on body and
> religion, considered especially in light of the significance that
> contemporary cultural and scientific interpretations of the body have upon
> the study and practice of religions.
> We are seeking contributions that consider body and religion within the
> context of the "naturalized" body- the bio-medical, scientific view that has
> come to be understood, in contemporary Western culture as the "natural"
> body. Essays do not need to address this directly, although they can, but
> we would like them to reflect on the effects of modern, scientific and
> cultural views of the human body on the study and teaching of religions.
> For example, an essay on the neurobiological bases of religious experience
> would be one approach; the impact of the scientific perspective, deeply
> embedded in Western culture and in our understandings of ourselves, on
> religious experience would be another.
> Essays should be between fifteen to twenty, double-spaced pages. We expect
> abstracts of 150-200 words by the end of May or early June 2009, with the
> essays due next spring.
> If you have questions or would like more information please let me know; I
> would be happy to send a more complete description of the book. Email is
> the best way to find me, either at [log in to unmask] (preferred) or
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> Rebecca Norris
> Dr. Rebecca Sachs Norris
> Religious & Theological Studies Dept. C-2
> 315 Turnpike Street
> Merrimack College
> North Andover, MA 01854
> Regionally Elected Director
> New England Maritimes region of the AAR