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‘The spiritual is in the material’

Ron Ferguson considers the vulnerability of the body.

WE recently celebrated Easter, and I want to talk about bodies. Not celebrity bodies – as in, “Does my bum look big in this?” – nor in ethereal bodies divorced from spirit, but just bodies. Bodied bodies.

Let’s cut to the chase: what about the body of Jesus? What we do know for sure is that he was born in the flesh. Christian faith is in-carnate, enfleshed. The eternal Word is made flesh, embodied. Christianity is almost brutally materialistic.

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The month of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will be almost upon us as this issue reaches our readers. Reports will be debated and pronouncements made on a wide range of issues. One thing will be evident: the wind of change will begin to blow over the shape of the Church. After a series of roadshows over the length and breadth of the land from London to Lerwick the feedback on the future of the Church is being carefully analysed and considered.