Bodies And Souls, Or Spirited Bodies? by Nancey MurphyBodies And Souls, Or Spirited Bodies? by Nancey Murphy

Bodies And Souls, Or Spirited Bodies?

byNancey Murphy

Hardcover | February 20, 2006

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Are humans composed of a body and a nonmaterial mind or soul, or are we purely physical beings? Opinion is sharply divided over this issue. In this clear and concise book, Nancey Murphy argues for a physicalist account, but one that does not diminish traditional views of humans as rational, moral, and capable of relating to God. This position is motivated not only by developments in science and philosophy, but also by biblical studies and Christian theology. The reader is invited to appreciate the ways in which organisms are more than the sum of their parts. That higher human capacities such as morality, free will, and religious awareness emerge from our neurobiological complexity and develop through our relation to others, to our cultural inheritance, and, most importantly, to God. Murphy addresses the questions of human uniqueness, religious experience, and personal identity before and after bodily resurrection.
Nancey Murphy is Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an internationally known author and speaker in the field of religion and science.
Title:Bodies And Souls, Or Spirited Bodies?Format:HardcoverDimensions:164 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:February 20, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521859441

ISBN - 13:9780521859448


Table of Contents

1. Do Christians need souls?: theological and biblical perspectives on human nature; 2. What does science say about human nature?: physics, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience; 3. Did my neurons make me do it?: reductionism, morality, and the problem of free will; 4. What are the philosophical challenges?: human distinctives, divine action, and personal identity.

Editorial Reviews

"Elegantly written volume, her book provides an eloquent and valuable stimulus to further theological research on this topic"
Matthew Levering, Ph.D., The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly