What is it about?

In response to the views of N.T. Wright and M.B. Thompson, the article contends that (ordinarily) humans are constituted ('made up') of a united body and soul - a response based on deeper exegesis of Scripture and more precise conceptual thinking.

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Why is it important?

The anemic view(s) of the soul which Wright and Thompson are keen to downplay lead them to pass over a more biblical and conceptually stronger view of the soul that is richer and indeed integral to a healthier understanding of a human. The richer view of the soul the article contends for - as integral to human constitution - has major implications for many kinds of areas: for spirituality and how one relates to God, for thinking about what a person is (and so for ethics [particulary the topics of abortion and euthanasia]), for considering what happens to you after you die, for understanding the relationship of the mind to the body, and for consideration of the spirit world more fully.

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This page is a summary of: A Healthier Anthropology with a Richer View of the Soul: Responding to the Theological Anthropology of N.T. Wright and M.B. Thompson, Journal of Anglican Studies, January 2022, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s1740355321000280.
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