<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics (Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_127.htm">Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/M/Author_Moreland (J.P.).htm">Moreland (J.P.)</a> & <A HREF = "../../../Authors/R/Author_Rae (Scott).htm">Rae (Scott)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_127.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_127.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><u>Summary from Inter Varsity Press</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>While most people throughout history have believed that we are both physical and spiritual beings, the rise of science has called the existence of the soul into question. Many argue that neurophysiology demonstrates the radical dependence, indeed, identity, between mind and brain. Advances in genetics and in mapping human DNA, some say, show there is no need for the hypothesis of body-soul dualism. Even many Christian intellectuals have come to view the soul as a false Greek concept that is outdated and unbiblical.</li><li>Concurrent with the demise of dualism has been the rise of advanced medical technologies that have brought to the fore difficult issues at both edges of life. Central to questions about abortion, fetal research, reproductive technologies, cloning and euthanasia is our understanding of the nature of human personhood, the reality of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">life after death</A><SUP>1</SUP>, and the value of ethical or religious knowledge as compared to scientific knowledge.</li><li>In this careful treatment, J. P. Moreland and Scott B. Rae argue that the rise of these problems alongside the demise of Christian dualism is no coincidence. They therefore employ a theological realism to meet these pressing issues, and to present a reasonable and biblical depiction of human nature as it impinges on critical ethical concerns. </li><li>This vigorous philosophical and ethical defense of human nature as body and soul, regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees, will be for all a touchstone for debate and discussion for years to come.</li><li><B>Highlights</B>: <ul type="disc"><li>"Personhood is constituted by a set of ultimate capacities of thought, belief, sensation, emotion, volition, desire, intentionality and so forth. ...None of these ultimate capacities is physical, and therefore neither is personhood itself"  (p.25)</li><li>"According to Thomistic dualism the soul is an individuated essence that makes the body a human body and that diffuses, informs, animates, develops, unifies and grounds the biological functions of its body. The various chemical processes and parts (e.g., DNA) involved in morphogenesis are tools, means or instrumental causes employed by the soul as it teleologically unfolds its capacities toward the formation of a mature human body that functions as it ought to function by nature... In different senses, the body is in the soul and the soul is in the body." (p.202) </li></ul></li></ol> </FONT><BR><u>Table of Contents</u> <FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Introduction<BR><b>Part One: Metaphysical Reflections on Human Personhood</b><li>Establishing a Framework for Approaching Human Personhood</li><li>Human Persons as Substances or Property-Things</li><li>Human Persons in Naturalist & Complementarian Perspectives</li><li>Substance Dualism & the Human Person: Free Agency </li><li>Substance Dualism & the Human Person: Personal Identity </li><li>Substance Dualism & the Body: Heredity, DNA & the Soul <BR><b>Part Two: Ethical Reflections on Human Personhood</b> </li><li>The Moral & Metaphysical Status of the Unborn: Abortion & Fetal Research </li><li>Reproductive Technologies in Substance-Dualist Perspective </li><li>Genetic Technologies & Human Cloning </li><li>Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide & Care of Persons at the End of Life <BR>Conclusion </li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Inter-Varsity Press, Downers Grove, 2000</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4100.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Body & Soul: Introduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>For a write-up, <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_769.htm">Click here for Note</A></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4101.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Establishing a Framework For Approaching Human Personhood</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 1<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>For a write-up, <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_771.htm">Click here for Note</A></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4102.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Human Persons as Substances or Property-Things</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 2<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>For a write-up, <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_772.htm">Click here for Note</A></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4103.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Human Persons in Naturalistic & Complementarian Perspectives</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 3<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4104.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Substance Dualism & the Human Person: Free Agency</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 4<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20075.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Substance Dualism & the Human Person: Personal Identity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 5<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4105.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Substance Dualism & the Body: Heredity, DNA & the Soul</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 6<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4106.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - The Moral & Metaphysical Status of the Unborn: Abortion and Fetal Research</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 7<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4107.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Reproductive Technologies in Substance-Dualist Perspective</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 8<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4108.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Genetic Technologies & Human Cloning</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 9<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4109.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide & Care of Persons at the End of Life</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics, Chapter 10<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4110.htm">Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Body & Soul: Conclusion</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Moreland & Rae - Body & Soul - Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics<BR></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><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> </center> <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="2018-08-02T02:21" pubdate>02/08/2018 02:21:36</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>