What happens when we die? Philosopher Adam Wood argues that Thomas Aquinas had an uncommon view: "...Grampa, being dead, isn’t in heaven or anywhere else. He doesn’t exist. But his soul does."
"[H]as the field of psychology developed an understanding of human functioning that is distinct from that revealed to us in Scripture? The answer is a resounding Yes." Psychologist James Beck comments on the value of psychology to Christian spirituality.
During most of the last century, the consensus was that brain structure was pretty much set, fixed and immutable after some specified period of childhood development. More recent research, however, shows that experience changes not just brain structure or anatomy but also the functional organization or physiology of the brain. And this reorganization is what people mean by “neuroplasticity.”
The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed a lot of talk about “neuroplasticity”—the idea that we can “rewire” our brains. The very idea has spawned a new kind of industry, the “neuro-industry.” From neuroeconomics, neurocriticism, and neurotheology, to neuromagic and neuromarketing, “neuro” sells books and seminars. But the way that findings in contemporary neuroscience are routinely applied to issues for which they were never meant to serve leads some to refer to the whole “neuro-this-that-and-the-other-thing” as nothing more than “neurobollocks.”
Christianity maintains that our true home is in heaven, with God. Will we be ghosts—that is, souls—without bodies there? C.S. Lewis seems to suggest not.
Philosopher and theologian Glenn Peoples defends a Christian materialist account of the Incarnation.
This is Part 4 of our series on Theological Anthropology, "What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful of Him?"
Theologian Joshua Farris challenges the growing assumption that belief in immaterial souls is passé, specifically addressing the arguments of Joel Green, and reflecting on 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.
This is Part 1 of our series on Theological Anthropology, "What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful of Him?"
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