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©2002 Kimberly Hartfield
Much of Christian Theology today teaches a dualistic philosophy with the body and soul being the two components of its system. Some philosophers have subscribed to the idea proposed by Descartes that man has a dualistic nature, that is, body and mind, with the physical being divisible, while the mental remains indivisible. The word metaphysics draws from these dualistic aspects of man. Modern psychology also sees man as dualistic in nature, with its divisions being entitled physical and psychological. But it differs from Descartes point of view in that it also divides the psychological aspects of man into three distinct categories, the id, the ego, and thesuper-ego. These three aspects of the inner-man have yet to be fully addressed or explained by Christian Theology.
Most Christians understand the words, soul and spirit to be…
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