Wednesday 9 September 2009

Direction 37, 2 (2008) on the Body and the Soul

Direction, which often contains some helpful pieces, is a journal supported by Mennonite Brethren higher education institutions in the United States and Canada. Back issues are available online.

Direction 37, 2 (2008) is devoted to the topic of ‘Can the Soul be Saved?’ – focusing especially on the ‘abandonment’ of the soul in biology and neuroscience, and interacting especially with Nancey Murphy’s work in this area as a Christian theologian, and her view of ‘nonreductive physicalism’ (rejecting the notion that humans possess an immaterial substance normally called the ‘soul’, but also rejecting the notion that this requires her to reduce humans to material causes), a case for which is made more fully in her Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Vic Froese provides the editorial and an annotated bibliography of books in the area of theological anthropology, especially those working at the interface of neuroscience and Christian theology.

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