Michelle Voss Roberts is associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Her earlier books include Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (2014), which received the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Constructive/Reflective Studies) from the American Academy of Religion.
Christians have traditionally claimed that humans are created in the image of God (imago Dei), but they have consistently defined that image in ways that exclude people from full humanity. The most well-known definition locates the image in the rational soul, which is constructed in such a way that women, children, and many persons with disabilities are found deficient. Body Parts claims the importance of embodiment, difference, and limitation—not only as descriptions of the human condition but also as part of the imago Dei itself.