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Bodies and Religion
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- Subject: Bodies and Religion
- From: Scott Kellar <skenneth@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 18:06:40 -0600
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It occurs to me that a significant aspect to this thread is being missed.
The Judeo-Christian tradition (and others) has always held that the body is
sacred (referred to as a 'temple'), as well as the soul. According it the
same respect due the soul (in oneself or another) naturally leads to customs
and traditions that show reverence to the physical body both before and
after death. Along with that would be a natural abhorrence to desecrations
(such as it's use as a binding material). The doctrine of both a spiritual
and physical resurrection is in keeping with this tradition.