Love Thy Body – Nancy R. Pearcey
It’s an incredible thing – to be taken with a book right from the introduction. It was so with this latest offering from Nancy R. Pearcey. Perhaps it’s because my wider church community is wrestling with the response we will make to so many of the issues presented in its pages.
So taken, in fact, that I was manning a book table at a conference and had to buy many copies to share with attendees. And I managed to not come home with a single copy! That in and of itself is a ringing endorsement.
Love Thy Body carefully lays out the argument for a sound Biblical theology of personhood. I’m paraphrasing, but if we had a healthy understanding of the importance of the Person, as God intended – so many of our social ethics issues would become nn-issues.
Pearcey points out that when we dehumanize decisions that ultimately affect the person, and eventually persons connected to the individual it is deeply wounding to us and the community. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the cautions that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy in the 2 letters that hold his name. Gnostics separate the body (physical) and the mind (spiritual). It is only the spiritual sins that are an issue – the body is just the temporal holder, and therefore can engage in whatever kind of behaviour the person wishes.
Each chapter examines the crisis issue head on. Pearcey deals with Assisted Suicide, Transgender issues, the “hookup” culture, same-sex relations and abortion among others. She is clear in her presentation of the philosophy that accepts each one, and then shows, Biblically, what God had intended.. All while staying rooted in the Personhood Theology she is presenting.
I was challenged by this book, and in a refreshing way. While not a quick read. It is a book that I will recommend time and again, to teachers, pastors and youth leaders. She’s a welcome voice of clarity in a culture that has so many confusing, conflicting voices. Thank you to Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books for the opportunity to independently review this book.