This book might be provocative …

Do persons consist of a body and a soul (duality); are they body, soul & spirit (a trinity); or are they just their bodies/brains (monistic)?  The answer to this question has bearing on issues (e.g., abortion, stem cells) that are beneath much of the religious unrest in the country today.bodiessouls  — rls

Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (Current Issues in Theology), by Nancey Murphy.  ($22.49, 164 pp).

Review
‘…a very clear and helpful overview of the ongoing question of whether humans are composed of a body and a nonmaterial soul or are purely physical beings … this book contains a great deal of sophisticated theology and science presented in a highly accessible form …’ Theology ‘… [provides] a ‘state of the art’ assessment of pressing issues in theology. … a great deal of sophisticated theology and science presented in a highly accessible form and, as such will be very useful to theologians and churchpeople alike …’ Theology

Review
“When this book turns from dealing with our inward, metaphysical relationship to God and addresses instead God’s dealings with us, Murphy offers fsome useful reminders. She suggests that physicalists anthroplogy ‘requires Christians to pay adequate attention to incarnation–if humans are purely physical, then there is no getting around the scandal of enfleshment’ (25)…These statements ring true for believers who understand teh importance of our Lord’s incarnation, our own resurrection to life on the Last Day, and the very tangible means of grace that sustain us between those two great physical events.” – Carol Geisler

“Elegantly written volume, her book provides an eloquent and valuable stimulus to further theological research on this topic”  Matthew Levering, Ph.D., The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

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