Matthew Lee Anderson is the author of the recently released Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter To Our Faith (you can read my review here). He's also a Biola grad (not Wheaton! Biola!), a reader of old books (50 years old is probably too recent for his tastes), a lover of musicals (even Rogers and Hammerstein) and, sad to say, a compulsive double spacer (even after colons).
More importantly, he's a thoughtful writer with a real passion for gospel-saturated lives and God-shaped theology. You can read more of his work at the group blog he runs, Mere Orthodoxy. He's generously given us a slice of his time to discuss some of the important points raised by the book.
It has become something of a truism in recent years that any discussion about the state of American Christianity will inevitably include a reference to Greek philosophy and latent gnosticism. It is a bit fitting, then, that Matthew Lee Anderson opens Earthen Vessels, his new book on theology of the body, by asking whether American Christians have the dualistic, negative view of the body so frequently attributed to them.
His answer? Actually, evangelicals have usually expressed their theology pretty well in this area—when they have expressed anything at all.