Abstract of the paper submitted by Jeane Peracullo, Philippines
Platonic and Cartesian dualism, both of which favor the soul over the body, have led to all too familiar consequences such as the dominance of reason over the senses and the marginalization of women and nature who are traditionally associated with the body. Personalist and existentialist philosophies in the 20th century, on the other hand, fostered both a non-dualistic and relational view of the person as an “embodied spirit”.

This paper will study the concept of “body” in Sallie McFague book, The Body of God: An Ecological Theology including her proposed imaging of the world as God’s body. Her understanding of our bodies as a part of an organic connection, which establishes our link with other bodies in the universe, seems to be a better understanding of what the body is because it takes into account our special standpoint of being relational and interdependent with other beings. A dilemma arises, however in the imaging of the World as God’s body. Will this metaphor throw away the view of “upholding differences,” which is a pillar of our particular third-world, Asian feminists’ standpoint? How does she deal with this dilemma?

The second part of the paper explores the image of the world as God’s womb in comparison with the world as God’s body. In many religions, particularly Asian religions (e.g. tantric Buddhism) the womb is a powerful religious symbol suggesting hidden growth and creative power. In Vietnam, regardless of religious belief, they call each other dong-bao, which means, “born of the same womb”. Does the image of the World as God’s womb that gives birth to diverse but kindred beings offer a better metaphor for stressing interdependence as well as differences of bodies?

Jeane C Peracullo is currently teaching Philosophy for college students at the Assumption College in Makati City, Philippines. She received her MA in Theological studies from the Maryhill School of Theology. She is finishing her academic requirements towards a PhD in Philosophy at the De la Salle University, Manila. She is a member of Philippine Greens – a socio-political and environmental group and a founding member of CAVITE GREEN COALITION – a Cavite-based community environmental network that monitors environmental concerns in the province.

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