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Fragmentation and MemoryMeditations on Christian Doctrine$
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Karmen MacKendrick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229499

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229499.001.0001

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Eternal Flesh: The Resurrection of the Body

Eternal Flesh: The Resurrection of the Body

(p.132) 6 Eternal Flesh: The Resurrection of the Body
Fragmentation and Memory

Karmen MacKendrick

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes up corporeality most directly, in a discussion of the doctrine of bodily resurrection. It presents the notion that human “immortality” is something somatic, or, to put it differently, that human corporeality is something immortal. It looks particularly at the ways in which people, corporeally, live the eternal even as they live extended through time. It emphasizes the recurrent, breaking, or suspended times of the body, in which one may recognize the capacity of the body to be more than mere matter, yet wholly material. As with other strange doctrines, the discussion holds that this one may have theologically intriguing or revealing things to show even if people find its usual dogmatic interpretations a little bizarre. Looking at Deleuze's theories of both repetition and sensation help to show the chapter's understanding of corporeal time for the argument that bodily resurrection may be read as eternal, rather than enduring, life.

Keywords:   resurrection, immortality, eternal, corporeal, life, enduring

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