Christian Physicalism?: Philosophical Theological Criticisms

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R. Keith Loftin, Joshua R. Farris
Lexington Books, Dec 26, 2017 - Religion - 494 pages
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On the heels of the advance since the twentieth-century of wholly physicalist accounts of human persons, the influence of materialist ontology is increasingly evident in Christian theologizing. To date, the contemporary literature has tended to focus on anthropological issues (e.g., whether the traditional soul / body distinction is viable), with occasional articles treating physicalist accounts of such doctrines as the Incarnation and Resurrection of Jesus cropping up, as well. Interestingly, the literature to date, both for and against this influence, is dominated by philosophers. The present volume is a collection of philosophers and theologians who advance several novel criticisms of this growing trend toward physicalism in Christian theology. The present collection definitively shows that Christian physicalism has some significant philosophical and theological problems. No doubt all philosophical anthropologies have their challenges, but the present volume shows that Christian physicalism is most likely not an adequate accounting for essential theological topics within Christian theism. Christians, then, should consider alternative anthropologies.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
27
Chapter 3
43
Chapter 4
75
Chapter 5
99
Chapter 6
117
Chapter 7
137
Chapter 8
153
Chapter 14
271
Chapter 15
295
Chapter 16
319
Chapter 17
341
Chapter 18
351
Chapter 19
371
Chapter 20
403
Afterword
409

Chapter 9
175
Chapter 10
189
Chapter 11
213
Chapter 12
231
Chapter 13
257
Bibliography
411
Index
429
About the Contributors
433
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R. Keith Loftin is assistant professor of philosophy and humanities at Scarborough College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Joshua R. Farris is assistant professor of theology at Houston Baptist University./span

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