Delaware’s Methodist Theological School in Ohio will host a presentation on the intersection of Christianity and medicine, and the way language is used and misused in this context.

Jennifer Stockwell will present “Ministries of the Body: A Talk on Christianity and Health in the 21st Century” at 1 p.m. May 4 in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. It is free to the public.

“On Easter Sunday 2015, I listened to a leader at a progressive church begin her sermon by comparing Holy Week to cancer,” Stockwell said. “This comparison is familiar in the Christian tradition; leaders have often taught theological tenants through images and language borrowed from medicine and the health sciences.”

“As a graduate student studying the way language works at the intersection of medicine and religion, I find these metaphors fascinating and, often, deeply troubling,” she said. “I want to encourage leaders to be more responsible about the language they borrow from medicine.”

Stockwell holds a master of theological studies degree from MTSO. She is pursuing a doctorate in English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This talk is presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, which promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience between students, faculty, clergy and the public.


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