Fearfully and wonderfully made

Reflections on cosmetic surgery

Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery, by Sander Gilman

The authors of scripture are forever holding up a mirror to our bodies, trying to make us see the imprint of the divine in our restless flesh. "So God created humankind in his image," the author of Genesis writes, "in the image of God he created them." "I praise you," sings the psalmist, "for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." "Do you not know," Paul asks, "that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?"

 

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