Born Again Bodies
Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity
By R. Marie Griffith
(University of California Press, Paperback, 9780520242401, 323pp.)
Publication Date: October 2004
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As she traces the underpinning of modern-day beauty and slimness ideals--as well as the bigotry against people who are overweight--Griffith links seemingly disparate groups in American history including seventeenth-century New England Puritans, Progressive Era New Thought adherents, and late-twentieth-century evangelical diet preachers.