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Ken Mafli

Ken Mafli

is passionate about Theological Anthropology and has been studying the Bible, humanity, and how we relate to God for over 20 years.

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    Lusi

    I remember being prtety interested in this topic in back in college. I would certainly agree that our understanding of the nature of man is important. It’s something that separates us from most pagan religions. Still, I wonder if we’ve taken the analysis to an unhealthy level. It seems to me that the biblical thrust is not on man’s divisibility, but mans wholeness. We live in culture that has been thoroughly influenced by Descartes, and the consequences have not been small. Not only has man been separated between his physical and non-physical person, but an ontological hierarchy has been established…and the body has been deemed inferior, at best. But dualism didn’t seem to be nearly as interesting to the Jews. Think of Joseph (“Take my bones”) or of the Maccabees (“Go ahead and torture me, God will renew my body”). Man is physical and non-physical. Maybe we should keep it at that and leave our mathematical modeling behind.Do we need to dive into Matt 10?

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      Ken Mafli

      Ken Mafli

      Lusi, I agree with the fact that in our attempt to classify, we have forgotten that God created us as a whole being. One part is meaningless unless they work in concert with each other. But our classifications are born out of a need, and that is to understand how we are truly created. So while I advocate viewing us in holistic terms, we must not neglect the questions of our make-up. As with all great inquiries, you never know what it will reveal. Thanks for your thoughts!

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