The Gnostic World of Anorexia Nervosa

Volume
Volume 13
Issue
Winter 1985
Title
The Gnostic World of Anorexia Nervosa
Abstract

The pastoral and theological literature has been notably quiet about the now-epidemic disorder of anorexia nervosa. In pursuit of a theological and pastoral understanding of this affliction, it is proposed here that beliefs and practices of anorexics share a common rejection of incarnated presence with advocates of the ancient Christological heresy of gnosticism. Examined are three parallel theological errors expressed in claims of specialness, all-or-nothing reasoning and asceticism.

Author
W.S. Sabom
Pages
243 - 254
Price
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