<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Cooper (John) - Biblical Anthropology and the Body-Soul Problem (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6208.htm">Biblical Anthropology and the Body-Soul Problem</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/C/Author_Cooper (John).htm">Cooper (John)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Corcoran - Soul, Body and Survival, Chapter 13</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperSummary_6208.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PaperCitings_6208.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_06/PapersToNotes_6208.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6208_1">Summary</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6208_1"></A></u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">The problem of survival has been discussed so far only as regards its logical compatibility with certain controversial philosophical claims about the metaphysical nature of persons. But the notion of survival, especially when discussed in explicitly "resurrectionist" terms, has its <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6208_2">home</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6208_2"></A> in the domain of religious and theological tradition. An important question is this: Despite the <em>logical</em> compatibility or incompatibility of survival and a metaphysics of materialism with respect to human persons, to what extent do the theological sources suggest a metaphysics of persons? Do the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, for example, present a view of human persons that is more or less compatible with materialism or dualism? In "Biblical Anthropology and the Body-Soul Relation," John Cooper <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P6208_3">argues</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P6208_3"></A> that the best reading of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures yields the teaching that human persons continue to exist, probably consciously, between death and a final, general resurrection. Cooper believes that this doctrine entails that human persons are so constituted that they can exist temporarily without a body. And this, of course, would seem to entail that some variety of dualism is true. </ol></FONT><BR><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">This article surveys important texts in the Hebrew Bible, intertestamental Jewish religious literature, and the New Testament that relate views of the human constitution to views of what happens at death. It concludes that the biblical view of human nature is both holistic and dualistic: humans are unities of body, soul, and spirit; but conscious human persons exist without physical bodies until a final general resurrection. Thus, philosophical views that claim consistency with the Christian Bible must affirm both holism and dualism. But a number of philosophical views can do so. Scripture does not entail a specific philosophical anthropology.</ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Section III: Does <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">Life After Death</A><SUP>4</SUP> Require Dualism<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P6208_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6208_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6195.htm">Corcoran (Kevin) - Soul, Body and Survival: Introduction - Soul or Body?</A>", p. 9-10. <a name="On-Page_Link_P6208_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6208_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Indeed. And most of the contributors to this volume  with the exception of Olson  appear to be Christians, whose philosophical hands are tied somewhat by their pre-philosophical commitments </li><li>In this regard, I noted in the Acknowledgements to the book (p. vii of <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1383.htm">Corcoran (Kevin), Ed. - Soul, Body and Survival: Essays on the Metaphysics of Human Persons</A>") that The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities provided  the help of several fine students in the production of this volume . </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P6208_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P6208_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: See <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_02/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_2304.htm">Cooper (John) - Body, Soul and Life Everlasting: Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-dualism Debate</A>" for a longer argument  though one that is admittedly non-philosophical. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:43" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:43:32</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>