Of Mountain Flesh: Space, Religion, and the Creatureliness of Appalachia
Date of Award
Ph.D. in Theology
Department of Theology
Advisor: Vince Miller
The following dissertation articulates a constructive theology of creatureliness that speaks from within the particularities of Appalachia’s spatial topography and religious culture. I analyze the historical development and ecological implications of industrial resource extraction, specifically the practice of mountaintop removal, within the broader framework of urbanization and anthropocentrism. Drawing on the unique religio-cultural traditions of the region, particularly its 19th century expressions of Christianity, I employ a spatial hermeneutic through which I emphasize the region’s environmental and bodily elements and articulate a theological argument for the “creaturely flesh” of Appalachia.
Theology, Religion, constructive theology, creature, Appalachia, mountaintop removal, flesh, rural, industrial resource extraction, urbanization, anthropocentrism, philosophy of space, 19th century religion, Christianity, Henri Lefebvre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Copyright 2018, author
McDaniel, Scott C., "Of Mountain Flesh: Space, Religion, and the Creatureliness of Appalachia" (2018). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6648.