Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Terminology Tuesday: Dualism

Dualism: Any philosophical theory that posits two distinct primary substances or that is built around a fundamental distinction between two elements. The term is used in a variety of contexts to designate entirely different kinds of theories. For example, ancient Manichaeism was a form of dualism postulating two equal but opposing divine realities, a good power of light and an evil power of darkness. Theism has a dualistic dimensionin that it makes a clear distinction between God and the created order, between the infinite and the finite. Theories positing that the mind (or soul) and the body are distinct substances are also referred to as dualisms, though there are important differences among Platonic, Thomistic and Cartesian forms of mind-body dualism.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), pp. 36-37.


Ex N1hilo said...

Sadly, many in the churches today are functional Manichaeans, viewing God and Satan as essentially equal and opposite forces. Some even address both in their prayers. "I praise you, Father and thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on us. And I rebuke you Satan! You have no power here..." That sort of thing.

I have tried to reason with such folks, "Satan is not omniscient. He can't hear you." "Nowhere in scripture are we told to address Satan." etc.

Quite sad. Christians need to be better educated doctrinally.

Davitor said...

Yes, but at the core of this presupposition is that basically God and Satan are in battle where the majority of folks are doomed and only a few select are in. Heaven/Hell both eternal… how can you get around this dualism?

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