The Ethics of the Body in Different Religious Traditions and Spiritual Discourses

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 947

Special Issue Editors

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Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Babeș-Bolyai University, 400437 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: postmodern ethics; religious ethics; Christian ethics; theology of the body; corporeality; ecology

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Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, Department of Romanian Studies, West University of Timisoara, 300223 Timișoara, Romania
Interests: orthodox spirituality; desert fathers; spiritual guidance; asceticism; theology of deification; theology of the body

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At present, there is an increasing interest in the subject of the human body. Ranging from topics of anthropology and sociology to philosophy, from medicine to technology and bio-politics, and from literature to history and the visual arts, research on this issue seeks analyze different facets of human corporeality with the intention of deepening our understanding of the body's significance and the ethical stance we should adopt towards it. Operating from a religious viewpoint, certain approaches examine the body’s connection to ritualistic practices such as prayer, bodily cleansing, fasting, and meditation techniques. The intention in such research is to emphasize how the body can engage in spiritual experience and be enlightened through encounters with the sacred. Alternatively, some explore the body’s potential to transform into a spiritual language, embodying and expressing faith in profound ways.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to take a step further in investigating the connections between body and religion, with a specific focus on topics that illustrate how the body is ethically conceptualized, depicted or engaged with across different religious traditions and spiritual discourses.

We invite scholars from academic disciplines such as theology, religious studies, anthropology, or the sociology of religion to submit high-quality papers that can cover topics such as the interplay between the body and various forms of asceticism; the role he of tbody in spiritual struggle; the nuanced boundary between pure and impure classifications; the intricate relationship between body and mind; the intertwining of the body and emotions; the religious perception of the body; etc.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 200–300 words summarizing their intended contribution. This may be sent to the Guest Editors (; or to the Religions Editorial Office ( Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editor for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.


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Raphael, A.C. The Body and Desire. Gregory of Nyssa’s Ascetical Theology; University of California Press: Oakland, CA, 2018.

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Catalin-Stefan, P. (Ed.) Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Middle Eastern Religious Cultures and Traditions (Studies on the Children of Abraham 10); Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, MA, USA, 2023.

Geoffrey, S.; Jay, J. (Eds.) Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body (Routlegde Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy Book 8); Routledge: London, UK, 2013.

Vos, N.; Van Geest, P. (Eds.) Early Christian Mystagogy and the Body (Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia LXXXIII); Peeters: Leuven, Belgium, 2022.

Dr. Gabriel Noje
Dr. Daniel Lemeni
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • human corporeality
  • the ethics of the body
  • embodiment
  • desire
  • repentance
  • sin
  • emotions
  • asceticism
  • moral responsibility
  • spirituality of the heart
  • illness of body
  • sexuality
  • mind-body practices
  • relaxation techniques
  • transfigured body

Published Papers

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