Barry Newman's Blog

December 22, 2009

The Soul (part XI)

Filed under: nephesh,psuche,The Soul — barrynewman @ 5:23 am

Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives

If nephesh and psuche as they relate to human beings refer chiefly to their personhood then they do not automatically present themselves as objects for special scientific scrutiny or objection.  That psuche does, and nephesh in one or two instances might, relate to the existence of persons after death is more of a philosophical problem than a scientific one.  Some might consider life after death a subject for scientific enquiry but that is not a common perspective.  Philosophical issues certainly pertain to such however – the question of how identity might be maintained, being one of the most problematic.  That is a subject for another paper however though one in which the Biblical material does not seem to have an interest.

What is of Biblical interest is such as, the here and now of “loving God with all of one’s soul”, that is, “with all of one’s being”, “with all of one’s person”!


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