The metaphor of the cosmos as the Body of Christ offers an opportunity to escape the aporias of standard Body of Christ imagery, which has often proved anthropocentric, exclusivist, triumphalist and/or sexist in the analyses of classical theologies. The body motif in particular contains starting points for current body discourses of gender-sensitive and ecological theologies, especially in their mutual overlaps. This book offers a critical evaluation of the prospects and boundaries of an updated metaphor of the Body of Christ, especially in its cosmic dimension.

The first part of the book addresses the complex tradition in which the universal dimension of cosmological Christologies is located, including the thinking of the Apostles Paul and John, Origen, Cusanus, Teilhard de Chardin, McFague, and Panikkar. In the second part of the book, representatives of various innovative concepts will contribute to the anthology.

This is a wide-ranging study of the implications of a new cosmic Body of Christ. As such, it will be of interest to academics working in Religion and Gender, Religion and the Environment, Theology and Christology.

chapter |4 pages


ByAurica Jax, Saskia Wendel

part Part I|86 pages


chapter 1|14 pages

“And wisdom became matter”

Materialist explorations of the Cosmic Body of Christ
ByAurica Jax

chapter 2|15 pages

The son as the paradigm and soul of the world

The cosmic Christ in Origen
ByChristian Hengstermann

chapter 3|12 pages

Christ and the Cosmos in Nicholas of Cusa’s universe

ByInigo Bocken

chapter 4|14 pages

Teilhard de Chardin, apostle of the cosmic Christ

ByUrsula King

chapter 6|14 pages

The “world as the body of God” (Sallie McFague)

The cosmic Christ as the measure of the body of God
ByMargit Eckholt

part Part II|73 pages


chapter 8|13 pages

Deep incarnation between Balthasar and Bulgakov

The form of beauty and the wisdom of God
ByCelia Deane-Drummond

chapter 9|12 pages

Incarnational presence

Sacramentality of everyday life and the body or: unsystematic skeptical musings on the use of a central metaphor
ByMaaike de Haardt

chapter 10|14 pages

Divine promiscuity

ByLaurel C. Schneider

chapter 11|14 pages

“These are my bodies …”

Cosmic Christology between monotheism and polytheism
ByMatthew Eaton

chapter 12|10 pages

Members of each other

Intercarnation, gender, and political theology
ByCatherine Keller