the present paper presents some of the new avenues of inquiry which have been opened in the study of religion by the growing concern with the body in contemporary social theory. the discussion is organized in three main parts, each dealing with a specific set of questions. the first part introduces the concept of bodily understanding and considers the role of sensibility in the shaping of religious experience. the second develops this issue further, dealing with the themes of religious learning and the articulation of agency through religious practice. the third and last part of the paper approaches the question of agency through consideration of the role of objects in the development of the skills that are necessary for a person to become an agent.