As Christians, we do not believe, as the ancient Greeks did, that our bodies are mere tombs encasing an eternal soul.
We believe that as children of God, created in his image, our souls and bodies matter. Sometimes, however, we get caught on two opposite ends of the spectrum.
The world over-values the body, and too often Christians over-emphasize the soul. But there is a radical middle that sees the whole of a person as beautiful, both spiritually and physically.
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Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.