Body, Soul and Human Life
Are humans composed of two different substances- a material body and immaterial soul? The view that they are is common amongst Christians yet it has been undermined by developments in brain science. But is the common Christian view actually a...
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Are humans composed of two different substances- a material body and immaterial soul? The view that they are is common amongst Christians yet it has been undermined by developments in brain science. But is the common Christian view actually a biblical view? Recent biblical studies have gravitated away from the idea that humans are composed of a distinct body and soul.
Joel Green argues that at a number of key points the Bible and neurosciences are characterized by convergence rather than competition. Exploring what scripture and theology teach about being in the Divine image, the importance of community, sin, freewill, salvation and the afterlife, Green argues that the biblical teaching on being human is not in conflict with the discoveries of recent brain science. According to Green, the dualistic view of the human person is inconsistent with both science and Scripture.
This is a wide-ranging discussion taking a broad sweep of biblical theology, detailed examination of key biblical texts, theological and philosophical considerations, and the most recent work in brain science. It is sure to provoke much thought and discussion.
Are humans composed of a material body and an immaterial soul? This view is commonly held by Christians, yet it has been undermined by recent developments in neuroscience. Exploring what Scripture and theology teach about issues such as being in the divine image, the importance of community, sin, free will, salvation, and the afterlife, Joel Green argues that a dualistic view of the human person is inconsistent with both science "and "Scripture. This wide-ranging discussion is sure to provoke much thought and debate.
Bestselling books have explored the relationship between body, mind, and soul. Now Joel Green provides us with a biblical perspective on these issues.
Joel B. Green (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Prior to this he was dean of the School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary.
He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels; 1 Peter (The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary series), The Gospel of Luke (The New International Commentary of the New Testament), and Recovering the Scandal of the Cross with Mark D. Baker. He is preparing the forthcoming replacement volume on The Acts of the Apostles also in the NICNT series and James in the New Testament Library.
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