Self-Organizing Personhood

Complex Emergent Developmental Linguistic Relational Neurophysiologicalism

Authored by: Warren S. Brown , Brad D. Strawn

The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472410931
eBook ISBN: 9781315613673
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041320


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For most of its history, the Christian church has been dominated by the view that persons have a dual (two-part) nature—body and soul. This position (dualism) asserts that humans are composites of two different parts, a material body and a non-material spiritual soul. These two parts are not equals in that the soul is considered to be superior to the body and to rule over it. In addition, the soul is immortal, while the body is mortal and transitory. The soul is often considered synonymous with the mind in that it is the source of human rationality, sociality, and spirituality. It is also posited to be the locus of personal identity.

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