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Immortality And Resurrection: The Dichotomy Between Thought And Physicality.

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In religion the concept of life after death is discussed in great detail. In monotheistic religions, in particular the Christian theology, death is a place where the soul, the eternal spirit that is part of you, transcends or descends to depending on if you go to heaven or hell. The argument calls for a form of immortality of the soul and a lack of immortality of the body—the soul lives forever, the body perishes. John Hick in his excerpt from “Immortality and Resurrection” refutes the ideology that the spirit and body are dichotomous, one being everlasting and the other limited. In his view on the immortality of the human psyche, he claims that the spirit and body are connected; they are not too distinct entities. With this proclamation he attempts to prove the existence of life after death by analyzing resurrection from a psychological perspective and through thought experiments.
Hick deconstructs the Platonic notion of the duality between the soul and the body. Plato, one of the most influential Greek philosophers who has affected the realm of philosophy and religion, argues that the spirit is eternal and the body a vessel. For him the spirit and the body belong to different worlds: the spirit to the “unchanging realities…or universals or eternal ideas.” and the body to the sensible world. In turn, the soul being related to a world of higher calling and truths exists the body after death and leaves the sensible world behind, proving the existence of the immortality of the soul. Also, Plato argues for the immortality of the soul by claiming that only composite things can be destroyed. The soul is not composite because it is simple—a concept that cannot be further broken down and examined. Hick shows how Plato's logic is flawed by claiming the non-composite view of the soul is not sensible. He states Kant’s perspective on the simplistic notion of the soul first, claiming that the soul may not be able to be deconstructed but its intensity could be diminished to zero (472). However Hick’s strongest objection lies in psychological research that has shown the human psyche or ‘intellect” to be something that can be manipulated, segmented and compromised—not an entity that is simplistic. Hick argues that this distinction calls for a psychophysical view of the person, a holistic view of the mind and body being one. For him, “an individual is thus very much what he or she appears to be—a creature of flesh and blood, who behaves and is capable of behaving in a characteristic range of ways—rather than a non-physical soul incomprehensibly interacting with a physical body.
After refuting the Platonic belief in the mind-body gap, Hick proffers how Christian theology explains and interprets the recreation of the psychophysical person The resurrection of the dead is, based off Saint Paul, “God’s recreation or reconstitution…of a spiritual body inhabiting a spiritual world as the physical body inhabits our present material world. (473)” Hick relies on this...

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