Materialist Christianity: “Soulless” Constitutional Humanity

DNA materialistic anthropology

“Constitutional humanity” is a materialist stance regarding human persons. It is an anthropological position that stands counter the normal idea that people have “souls.” At the same time, it is a position striving to avoid better or worse a materialist reductionist stance. Such would teach people are only material accidents. Corcoran is a theist; overall, he is closer to “scientism” than the popular Thomas Negel a secularist who also seeks a reductionist alternative but favors telic arguments.

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How History and Philosophy have shaped the Christian Soul

Lazerus' Soul, Image courtesy of Getty Open project

From ancient Greeks until today the idea of a soul has followed a complex and sometime controversial path in the Christian Church’s history. From completely non-Hebrew thought, and Arabic musings, this Greek idea has become a cornerstone of almost all Christian’s views of human nature. But for some reason, no one ask… “How did we get this idea in the first place?” Read more to find out!

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The Theological Method of Augustine: “Slavery to Signs” in On Christian Doctrine

St Augustines On Christian Doctrine

In On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, promotes his view that the biggest error possible for an exegete can make is to take a figurative sign or narrative literally; to do so, betrays that one is only thinking in a “this worldly” carnal and nonspiritual sense and for Augustine is the root of idolatry and much error. The importance of this insight in my own personal theology, and its importance to Calvin’s view of the Eucharist, Luther’s ideas, etc. have made this, in my own opinion, arguably one of the strongest critiques of “human religion,” a powerful corrective […]

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Hegel’s influence on Christian Ethics and Christianity’s Western relevance

Hegel and Christian Ethics

Georg Hegel was a German philosopher (and Protestant seminary Grad), who lived from 1770 to 1831, and in his publication Phänomenologie des Geistes created a “master-slave” dialectic (a metephor in fancy philosopher terms).[1] My purpose here is to explore exactly how Hegel’s dialectic image has shaped modern Christian ethical reflection, explore the relevancy of that metaphor after Nietzsche’s postmodern critique, and confirm if in all reality Hegel’s general thought is in keeping with his generations biblical thinking (His own quirks / theology aside). In fact, after some theological refining, absorbing some necessary criticisms, and refocusing Hegel through the light of Scripture, reappraising how […]

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