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Professor Doug Groothuis’s review of Anthony Flew’s new book, There is a God, is available online here.
Questions concerning or involving soul(s) are as old as philosophy itself. What is a soul? What, if anything, is it capable of? Is it mortal or immortal? Material or immaterial? Such questions (then as now) have garnered a wide variety of responses. Pythagoras, for example, reportedly affirmed the transmigration of souls: “Once [Pythagoras] passed by as a puppy was being beaten, the story goes, and in pity said these words: ‘Stop, don’t beat him, since it is the soul of a man, a friend of mine, which I recognized when I heard it crying.’”The Epicurean philosopher Lucretius understood the soul (along with the rest of reality) to be purely material, comprised of (eternal) atoms.
The notion of the soul (psyche) is absolutely central to Plato’s thought. Though his treatment of the soul in other dialogues, especially the Republic and the Timaeus, is far more thorough, Plato’s Phaedrus contains a fascinating treatment arising in the context of love. It is the purpose of this paper to consider Plato’s account of the soul as seen in Socrates’ speech, lines 244a-250c. Our understanding will be facilitated by references to some relevant portions of Plato’s other dialogues. Read the rest of this entry »
These are extremely basic and overviewish, but will be helpful to someone with little or no clue concerning Heidegger’s Being and Time. Here is the link.
An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches.
By Ray S. Anderson. InterVarsity Press, 2006; 236 pages.
In the past ten to fifteen years a grassroots ecclesiological movement known as the Emerging Church has been gaining momentum in Evangelicalism. The advent of publications by Brian McLaren, Rob Bell and others has helped to cement an identity for this position at the popular level. However, more traditional evangelicals, especially those of mainline denominations, have criticized the movement for its lacking theological foundation. In an Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches, Ray S. Anderson attempts to construct a theology that can serve as a starting point for the movement and as a reply to those skeptical of its Biblical basis. Read the rest of this entry »