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Smerick Contributes Essay to Popular Book on Women and Faith

Smerick-Bk_CvrGreenville University Professor of Philosophy Christina Smerick has contributed an essay to a new book, Women Experiencing Faith (SacraSage Press, 2018) by Janel Apps Ramsey and Thomas Jay Oord.

The collection of essays about women on faith journeys currently ranks number one in the “religious essays” category on Amazon. Plans call for contributors to also share their stories on a podcast available through the Women Experiencing Faith website.

SacraSage Press describes the essays from its 50 contributors as intimate reflections and personal stories that ask difficult questions, invite critical thinking and dig deep to unearth profound insights.

Smerick’s essay is entitled “Hol(e)y Jeans and Frayed Knees.”

“[It] focuses on what I learned from the church/Christian college about having a woman’s body, and what I had to unlearn,” says Smerick. “It’s about how Christians tend to emphasize the external as a sign of internal faith.”

Smerick is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy and Christian Thought: Deconstructions of the Bodies of Christ (Lexington Books, 2017). She also co-edited a collection of essays entitled This is My Body: Philosophical Reflections on Embodiment in a Wesleyan Spirit (Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016) with John Brittingham ’06, professor in Greenville University’s Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry.

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This story was published on November 20, 2018

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