What is a person’s nature composed of? In this Table Talk, JP Moreland explores what the Bible teaches about human nature, as well as explains various philosophical views on human nature and their strengths and weaknesses (an overview is provided in JP’s notes).

Specific sources relevant to JP’s Table Talk:

Dualism in biblical culture:

John Cooper, Body, Soul & Life Everlasting (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, rev. ed., 2000);

N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God (Minneapolis, Minnesota:  Fortress Press, 2003), pp. 81-84, 128-34, 140-43, 190-206)

Cartesian dualism:

Richard Swinburne, The Evolution of the Soul. Oxford: Clarendon, rev. ed., 1997

Thomistic (substance) Dualism:

J. P. Moreland and Scott Rae. Body and Soul. Downers Grove, Illinois:  2000.

Physicalism:

Paul Churchland, Matter and Consciousness. Cambridge, Massachusetts:  MIT Press, rev. ed., 1988

Jaegwon Kim, Philosophy of Mind, Boulder, Colorado:  Westview Press, 1996

This Table Talk is from The Mindy-Body Problem series.

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