What I Read Online – 05/30/2012 (p.m.)

31 May
    • Piper and Meyer Talk Succession for the First Time
    • Here again, some context is needed. To be sure, there has been a decided trend in philosophical circles toward anthropological monism. Many philosophers are atheists and metaphysical materialists, and anthropological physicalist monism is simply a corollary of such atheistic materialism. But there have also been Christian thinkers who have embraced monistic views of the human person in various forms, and for a variety of reasons. For example, some are convinced that anthropological dualism (the view that the spiritual soul can exist without the physical body) is fatally infected with Platonic dualism and thus leads to an undue denigration of the physical aspect of existence. Others regard anthropological dualism as overly speculative, and so on. Here I should note that my own thinking on this matter has been powerfully influenced by John W. Cooper’s Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting: Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989), a fine volume that I first encountered when it was published in 1989, and upon which some of this material is dependent.
    • To bring matters back to the Church, the pastoral implications of this extinction-re-creation model are, in my judgment, highly problematic. For example, what is a pastor to say to bereaved family members when elderly Aunt Matilda or young Johnny is taken away in death? The best one can offer on this way of thinking is that the loved one is dead and gone, period, and that at some point in the future somebody very much like them (Norman would claim it is the same person) will reappear. Furthermore, if we hold that there is no distinct spiritual thing called the soul, do we have the conceptual apparatus needed for dealing with the spiritual dimension of human existence? In other words, does Norman’s category of “mental poverty” go deep enough? His explanation of poverty suggests that the answer to this question is probably “No.” Finally, in the absence of a robust appreciation of the spiritual dimension, will the current Erskine THRIVE initiative almost inevitably trend in the direction of the old “social gospel”? The lessons of history suggest that the answer to this question is likely “Yes.”
    • Go every Sunday
    • Go with joy and expectation
    • Arrive on time
    • Pray as a family before you arrive
    • Treat church as an extended family gathering
    • Stay until the end
    • Speak well of church
    • Receive the word with thankfulness
    • Look for new people and people with needs 
    • Thank your minister

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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