Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies?

Current Issues in Theology

Book 3
Cambridge University Press
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Are humans composed of a body and a nonmaterial mind or soul, or are we purely physical beings? Opinion is sharply divided over this issue. In this clear and concise book, Nancey Murphy argues for a physicalist account, but one that does not diminish traditional views of humans as rational, moral, and capable of relating to God. This position is motivated not only by developments in science and philosophy, but also by biblical studies and Christian theology. The reader is invited to appreciate the ways in which organisms are more than the sum of their parts. That higher human capacities such as morality, free will, and religious awareness emerge from our neurobiological complexity and develop through our relation to others, to our cultural inheritance, and, most importantly, to God. Murphy addresses the questions of human uniqueness, religious experience, and personal identity before and after bodily resurrection.
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About the author

Nancey Murphy is Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an internationally known author and speaker in the field of religion and science.

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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Published on
Jan 12, 2006
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Pages
149
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ISBN
9781139448963
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Movements / General
Psychology / Physiological Psychology
Religion / Christian Theology / General
Religion / Theology
Science / Philosophy & Social Aspects
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