Seeds: On Personal Identity and the Resurrection
Chappell (Sophie Grace), Chappell (Tim)
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  1. I consider the well-known problem for the Christian/ Jewish/ Muslim doctrine of the resurrection of the body, about bodily persistence and so about personal identity.
  2. I argue that what this problem shows is that the concern to survive, and the reference of "I", does not necessarily always track personal identity rather than some other markers of continuity and connectedness1, especially psychological ones.
  3. The New Testament says that the relation of humans in this world to humans at the resurrection is that of seeds to plants. That is clearly a continuity-relation, but not necessarily an identity-relation; indeed in some ways it is better if it isn't an identity-relation.


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