chapter  Chapter Three
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Bodiliness and Sacramentality

WithMaaike de Haardt

In this paper I wish to reflect on the meaning of embodiment, or the meaning of the body in relation to our understanding of sacramentality. These days it is not a novelty when theologians or philosophers focus on the body or embodiment, and it is difficult to gain a comprehensive view of the literature which covers not only the theological and philosophical disciplines, but many sociological and historical studies as well. 1 My central perspective in discussing bodiliness and sacramentality emanates from the ambivalence and ambiguity that surrounds the way we deal with both the body and sacramentality. This applies to the sciences, the churches and the way we deal with our bodies and sacramentality on a daily basis.