“Devotional ‘practice’ is no optional frill attendant on metaphysical theories acquired somewhere else; rather it is the very medium of such belief, ultimately transcending the thought/action divide. Or to put it conversely, in Talal Asad’s acute observation, the inability ‘to enter into communion with God’ may well be ‘a function of untaught bodies.’”

Sarah Coakley, “Introduction: religion and the body,” in Religion and the Body, 9.