The Absurdities of Mormon Materialism : A Reply to the Neglected Orson Pratt
The New Mormon Challenge : Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast-Growing Movement
Grand Rapids, Michigan
"the great theistic religions of historic Christianity, Judaism, and Islam differ on many things, but one thing they share in common is a rejection of a physicalist ontology. These theistic religions all agree in affirming that God is a spirit and not a physical object. Moreover, while there have been recent emergence of Christian physicalism regarding the constitution of human persons, nevertheless, the vast majority of Christians thinkers in the history of the church have held to a dualistic anthropology in at least this sense: a human being is a unity of two entities-a physical body and immaterial soul. The immaterial human should, while not by nature immortal, is nevertheless capable of entering an intermediate disembodied state upon death, however incomplete and unnatural this state mat be, and of eventually being reunited with a resurrected body. This theologian H.D. Lewis was correct when he observed: 'Throughout the centuries Christians have believed that each human person consists in a soul and body; that the soul survived the death of the body; and that its future life will be immortal.'"