Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review of THE SOUL by J.P. Moreland

J.P Moreland is one of the most trusted Christian philosophers, and in his book THE SOUL: HOW WE KNOW IT'S REAL AND WHY IT MATTERS, he wrestles with one of the most debated topics in the world. Do people have souls? It's an important question because it concerns whether or not there is life after death and whether we are only what people can see, that is, our physical bodies.

Moreland outlines his argument by first defining some important terms, such as events, dualism, and physicalism. He states that neuroscience, while important, can neither prove nor disprove the existence of the soul. He then looks at the way the Bible treats the concept of the soul-body union. Throughout, he shows evidence that human beings are intricate combination of both soul and material and that humans can exist, at least temporarily, outside of the body because of the existence of the soul. The soul is what gives us identity.

This is an important book and one that requires a lot of thought because of the complexity of what is discussed. I definitely recommend it.

Review copy provided by Moody Publishers

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