This week was the second of the four part section on the What of mankind. Last week we looked at Monism, which is the teaching that the spirit, soul, and body are all essentially the same or that the spirit and soul do not exist without the body. This week we looked at Dualism, which states that man is pluralistic in nature, having both a material and an immaterial nature. It further states that there is an intermediate state of existence to which the immaterial/immortal part(s) of man goes to await the resurrection.
For Further Study:
- An Overview of the Monism-Dualism Debate on Human CompositionBody, Soul, and Spirit: Monism, Dichotomy, or Trichotomy?
- Conditional Unity: Millard J. Erickson’s Biblical Defense
Substance Dualism and Emergent Individualism in Conversation
Body, Soul & Spirit – The Jesus Trip with John Crowder
Nuts and Bolts Theology 2-Comparing Platonic and Christian Metaphysical Models
The Composition of Man – Physical/ Spiritual/ Emotional