relating to the theological definition of anthropology - that set of doctrines which attempt to understand how God created the spirit, soul, and mind of a human being, and to ascertain that for which he destined and how he is subject to the natural laws

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Can someone show me where the doctrine of “Invincibility of Non-belief” came from? Is it a Christian doctrine at all? [on hold]

..basically the notion that human beings have a supernatural, all encompassing power to resist the salvation of God. Would like some Biblical perspective, but extra-biblical sources would be nice too. ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that “the soul has neither beginning nor end”?

Related answer: Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation? The following quote is widely attributed to Origen in books and on the internet (e.g., here and here): ...
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Did any other early church fathers besides Origen teach the pre-existence of souls?

Origen taught about the pre-existence of our souls, which, among many other of his teachings, was later condemned as heresy. Did any other early church fathers teach this doctrine?
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How do proponents of the dual nature of man address Hebrews 4:12, “dividing soul and spirit”?

Those holding to a tripartite nature of man, or trichotomism, sometimes point to Hebrews 4:12 as evidence for their view that soul and spirit are distinct in man: For the word of God is alive and ...
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What is the essential argument in favor of the tripartite nature of man?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man. What is the essential argument in favor of this view? I ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Dual Nature of Man as opposed to the Tripartite Nature?

A common belief regarding the nature of mankind is that we have a body, a soul and a spirit. This is known as the Tripartite Nature of Man (or trichotomism). Some, however, hold to only a Dual nature ...
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Who if any Evangelicals still believe that Adam was created with “a perfect knowledge of God” and everything else?

I was just reading a little bit of a book by British academic Jonathan Edwards (note: not the famous one) called "A Preservative Against Socinianism" published in 1698. On page 16 Edwards says ...
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What is the Mormon doctrine regarding becoming a god?

Per the doctrine of the Latter Day Saints, it seems that God was once a man. Following this out just one step further leads me to the idea that it may be possible for other men to be come a god. ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth, or does it teach that each creation is equally precious and that not one type of creation is better than the ...
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Is there a scriptural support for “man are ‘half animal, half angel’”? [closed]

The Philosopher and Critic of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach wrote: “My only wish…is to transform friends of God into friends of man, believers into thinkers, devotees of prayer into devotees of ...
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Where did our spirit come from? (Overview)

Where did our spirit come from? Did it exist before we were born? Or did it come into existence when we were born or later? What is an overview of the major Christian answers to this question?
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Heart, Mind, Soul and Spirit [closed]

Is there a diagrammatic representation of soul, spirit, heart and their components based on the tripartite view of man? I understand there can be overlapping but I'd like to know if there is a visual ...
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According to the Unity Church, are Christians equal to Christ?

Jesus was naming himself 'son of God' and I read in Matthew 6:9 he commanded his disciples naming God with 'father' which i think places them in equal to Christ. In John 20:17 is a similar situation – ...
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How does the LDS church back up the statement “I'm stronger than Satan”?

I have heard that I'm stronger than Satan for a few reasons. Because I have a body and he doesn't. Because he only has as much power over me as I give him. Because I am never beyond the influence of ...
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How are angels and humans different? [closed]

It might sound like a stupid question at first, because obviously humans and angels are quite different in many ways... but bear with me a moment. In one of the answers to my question What does "...
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How is the belief that Christians are both adopted and begotten sons of God reconciled?

If one is begotten, then one cannot be adopted by those same parents. The idea of being begotten means that you are the biological progeny of your parents. In other words, the woman whom you call "...
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Did we exist before we were born? [duplicate]

Jeremiah 1:4–5 (NIV) reads: 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I'd like to know if this hints that ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that God can annihilate human souls?

We know that God is love and He is merciful. However, the idea of eternal torment seems too horrifying and doesn't seem to be in parallel with the nature of God. My argument is that, if God were ...
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What is the difference between mind and soul (if any) [closed]

For reference, this question asks whether there is a difference between the soul and spirit. Assuming that there is a difference between the two (i.e., that man's nature is tripartite), and that your ...
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What does the LDS church teach about what men and women did or do in the pre-existence?

I understand that the LDS Church believes that everyone existed in the spirit world prior to their conception in the womb in the physical world. What specifically, though, does the pre-existence ...
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According to theistic evolutionists, at what point did humans evolve enough to be considered special to God?

Disclaimer - Even though my personal views are well-established, I'd like to point out that I am not out to make a point with this question, and I am absolutely not out to establish whether any ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying Christians are “friends of God”?

I've heard Christians say that an appropriate title for a Christian is, "friend of God." I've also heard preachers (e.g. Beth Moore) say that this is inappropriate: only certain people (Abraham and ...
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How can I understand the rise of the Egyptians as a race in the Old Testament?

The Old Testament states that God created the world and God created man. We see the lineage of Adam and Eve, to Abraham, and so forth while the Hebrew nation is created. Then, seemingly from left ...
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We will judge angels? But we are lower than the angels

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Cor 6:3 (KJV) This verse says that we will judge angels, but this verse 6 But one in a certain place ...
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Can man judge whether God is fair? [closed]

Over and over I hear people pronouncing in one way or another that God is "not fair"*. Sometimes this is stated directly, other times indirectly as in "that doesn't seem fair, therefore God must not ...
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Is there only one God (or אֱלֹהִים, or θεός) by nature?

Men may be called "gods" (equivalent to Hebrew אֱלֹהִים (elohim) or Greek θεός (theos)) according to office, because they assume God's authority on earth. For example, in Exo. 21:6, it is written, ...
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What is the biblical basis for the immortality of the soul?

The Immortality of the Soul is "the doctrine that the human soul will survive death, continuing in the possession of an endless conscious existence." (source). What is the biblical basis for the ...
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Are there any denominations that believe that Jesus' body was separate creation than was mankind?

Before starting I must begin by saying that as a Southern Baptist I believe with all my heart that Jesus was and always will be fully man and fully God. And I also believe that his death and ...
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Does the Bible give us a purpose to life? [closed]

I'm not sure that I know of any place in the Bible that directly states, "this is the purpose to life." But does it give us any idea as the exact purpose as to why we were created. If God is truly ...
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Why did human lifespans drop after the Flood?

In Genesis 5, a brief account of the lives of Adam's descendants is narrated. All of them had long lives, for instance, Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, etc. But in Genesis 6:3, God seems ...
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What Scriptures tell us what man having free will actually means? [closed]

I have been given many different opinions as to what having free will actually means. Some have said that it means only that we have a choice of whether or not to accept salvation, others have said it ...
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Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation?

Origen of Alexandria is considered one of Christianity's greatest systematic theologians, and it is said that he was a believer in reincarnation. Is there any substance (textual evidence) to the ...
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How do those who believe man is tripartite respond to Gen. 2:7, “the man became a living soul”?

Those who believe that man is bipartite (a soul consisting of body and spirit) cite Gen. 2:7 as proof that man does not have a soul, but rather, man is a soul. Consequently, they deny any assertion ...
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Does the Bible say anything about what demons *are*? [closed]

I've thought all my life that demons (and evil spirits) were fallen angels, but I recently encountered the viewpoint that these demons are actually the souls of men who have already died but wouldn't ...
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What is the difference between man's soul and spirit? [closed]

It is easy to recognize the body as the physical matter that makes up a person. The body is clearly distinct from the soul and spirit in several ways: The body is visible to others. (When I see ...
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What is the Biblical basis for man being created perfect, or for man not being created perfect?

I often hear that man was created perfect. Yet Genesis 3:7 says that "they knew that they were naked." Additionally, Genesis 2:25 says they were "naked yet not ashamed." Also, Genesis 2:18 says ...
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Did God create humans to directly perform His Will in the physical world?

I am wondering if the following ideas/questions would be considered compatible with orthodox Catholic theology: If God is Love, if humans are made in His image, and if humans are made by Love and ...
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What are modern Christian views of the soul?

The soul, the immaterial “breath of life”, was originally thought (I believe) to be where most of our thoughts, feelings, and personality originate. However, a lot of the functions of the brain, like ...
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What prominent Christian thinkers (if any) held to polygenism and if so how did these thinkers view original sin? [duplicate]

Have any influential or well known (be it in scholastics or in media) Christian thinkers express views that the first 'couple' was 'couples' (polygenism) and if so, how did they reconcile this ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, what is the soul and its purpose?

In the Catholic Tradition does there exist a teaching on the purpose or role of the human soul in the makeup of a human being? I could also settle for a theologian's thoughts and writings on the ...
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In Reformed Theology, what are seen as the implications of Traducianism versus Creationism (of the soul)?

Traducianism says that one's soul is derived from one's parents' souls, but creationism says that God creates a soul for each body. The Wikipedia articles are a start, but I'm especially interested ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be not merely physical/biological?

From the perspective of the tripartite nature of man--that men and women have a body, a soul, and a spirit--is there a biblical basis for the position that gender is not merely present in the body or ...
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Is the philosophy of René Girard compatible with mainline Christianity?

Rene Girard is a French historian and philosopher. The premise of his works is summarized by Wikipedia: mimetic desire: all of our desires are borrowed from other people; mimetic rivalry: ...
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How does the mainstream Christian view of the physical body differ from that presented in The Gospel of Thomas?

What is the value of the physical body in mainstream Christianity? Sometimes it seems to be very negative and to encourage one to concentrate primarily or even almost solely on the spiritual realm. ...
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Does Christianity as described in the Bible support dualism of the mind and body? [closed]

Certain passages in the Bible seem to support Dualism, while others seem to support Materialism. Definitions of Dualism and Materialism: I do not know where I pasted this from, but as curiousdanni ...
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What is the biblical basis for humans becoming angels after they die?

Many Christians, and many people living in predominantly Christian cultures, believe that people who die become angels. This belief is reflected in numerous popular novels and movies, such as the ...
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Which Reformation theologians used the analogy of water and ink for sin?

On page 98 of Miroslav Volf's Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving, he says: But even if all of us are sinners from head to toe, none of us is a sinner through and through, with nothing good ...
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What is the difference between holiness and righteousness?

Both holiness and righteousness are used to describe God. Additionally, we as Christians are called to be holy and righteous as well. These are two distinct words, so they must have distinct ...
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Can a Christian have clinical depression?

God can grant an amazing peace of mind to a person. Many Christians have been totally calm and prayed for their persecutors while being tortured and killed -- like Stephen, the first martyr. But do ...
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Is man born in God's image, or was that just Adam?

I have noticed many Christians say 'we were born in God’s image', but the scripture seems to imply that men are 'born in the image of their Father, the Devil?' For example: This is how we know ...