[Milton-L] Distinction between Spirit and Soul (Was "Crucial punctuation in The Book of Common Prayer")

Mike Streeter streetm at stthom.edu
Sun Sep 16 17:03:33 EDT 2007


Well, in any case, now we have one more perspective represented in  
our list.  I'll also repeat my advice that Dr. Fallon's book gives us  
some answers here in regards to Milton's (dynamic) take on spirit,  
soul and body. -MS

> I'm not sure that there's a unified Christian position on the
> relationship to soul/spirit.  Authors from Origen to Kierkegaard,
> strongly influenced by the Platonic tradition, emphasize a tripartite
> self consisting of body, soul, and spirit, and make sharp distinctions
> between the three.  Mike Streeter articulates what I think is the
> Roman Catholic position, probably a modified Aristotelian view, but
> I'm not sure.  It doesn't help that the Biblical language isn't
> consistent, nor that many Christian authors tended to confuse or
> conflate these two stains of Christian thought, or that most Christian
> movements today take a position while being unaware of its
> permutations in Christian thought and history.
>
> Jim R
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