“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.
The Westminster Confession Ch. 32 is a place the document shows its age. Agreeing with the Confession or not, the investigation of its world view is enlightening. The writers made decent arguments; their world view was colored by an anthropology that has increasingly been challenged.
Oscar Cullman in his book, “Immortality of The Soul or Resurrection of The Dead?” explored if we should see death as friend or as an enemy. By comparing and contrasting the ancient world view of Socrates with the Gospel narratives he came up with an answer that might surprise you!
Are you going to Hell? Between Medieval fantasy, Universalism, or Annihilationism it’s a difficult trip to plan were you are going these days!
Before you pack your bags, and ask why they only sell one way tickets, explorer this recently divisive topic with me.