<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Merricks (Trenton) - The Word Made Flesh: Dualism, Physicalism, and the Incarnation (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_14/PaperSummary_14538.htm">The Word Made Flesh: Dualism, Physicalism, and the Incarnation</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/M/Author_Merricks (Trenton).htm">Merricks (Trenton)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Van Inwagen (Peter) & Zimmerman (Dean) - Persons: Human and Divine</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PaperSummary_14538.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PaperCitings_14538.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_14/PapersToNotes_14538.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>From <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14520.htm">Zimmerman (Dean) - Persons: Human and Divine - Three Introductory Questions</A>"</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">In earlier chapters, there are defenses of a wide variety of views about a human person's relation to her animal body. The most straightforward theory, represented by van Inwagen, is identity: a human person just is her body, just is a living, breathing human organism. Hudson and Baker think humans coincide with, but are not identical to, the organisms that are their bodies. Plantinga and Swinburne think humans are substantial souls, related to their bodies by particular causal relations. In this Chapter, Trenton Merricks describes the differences amongst these views; and considers how, on each, a Christian would understand the doctrine of the incarnation. He takes it to be a theological desideratum for a theory of the incarnation that Christ should be related to his human body in the way each of us is related to his or her human body. He explores the different relationships between person and body implied by the competing metaphysics of human persons, and considers the results for a theology of the incarnation. He then argues that the theological preferability of a certain interpretation of the incarnation vindicates one of the theories of person body relations. According to Merricks, belief in the incarnation supports the view that humans are identical with their bodies; that they are  contra Hudson, Baker, Swinburne, and Plantinga  <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_12/Notes_1265.htm">human animals</A><SUP>1</SUP>.</ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Part 5: Personhood in Christian Doctrine<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="2018-08-02T08:09" pubdate>02/08/2018 08:09:06</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>