Resurrecting Perfection: Beauty, Bodies, & the Afterlife
Date: February 21, 2020 7:00 pm
Venue: Epiphany Chapel
G. Peter Kaye Lectures
Keynote & Conversation with Candida Moss
The resurrection of the body is one of the foundational statements of Christian theology, but what will the resurrection be like? Paul tell us we will be glorified but does not go into specifics about what glorified actually means. As a result, most theological discussions of what the resurrection will be like are grounded in assumptions about the kinds of earthly bodies that are more desirable. From the beginning of Christian history up until the present day, definitions of beauty and the perceived undesirability of female, disabled, and non-caucasian bodies has affected both how the Bible is read and how heavenly bodies are imagined.
Candida Moss is the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham. She is a columnist for The Daily Beast and has contributed to the LA Times, Politico Magazine, New York Times, BBC, CNN, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
Candida’s work primarily focuses on ideas about martyrdom, death, suffering, and afterlife in the New Testament and literature of Early Christianity. She has additional interests in disability theory and theology, religion and public life, the Bible and education, and cultural heritage.