Essay about The Spirit In Context

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What are the possible points of agreement and points of tension between different religious schools of thought on the body, in relation to the Holy Spirit? How might Christians respond to these? Introduction Scripture seems to contradict itself with regard to the human body. Sometimes the body is seen as precious, for instance in 1 Cor 6:19-30, and sometimes as a hinderance to unity with Christ, 2 Cor 5:6-8. This seeming ambiguity within scripture has created distinct and conflicting schools of thought among Christian thinkers regarding the body and spirituality. Some advocate that the body is an essential part of our spirituality and should be embraced; others that the body is a hinderance to it, and should be approached with suspicion…show more content…
Anthony of the Desert, who is considered to be the father of Christian monasticism, is said to have experienced overwhelming shame at the prospect of food, rest and other bodily needs, so that he would not be seen taking care of his physical needs by others.5 St Francis of Assisi was equally undermining of his bodily needs. Even when close to death, he feared that accepting necessary treatment was an indulgence. It was only at the last minute that he was successfully persuaded to serve his body by caring for it in the same way that it had cared for him, by which point it was too late. Dualism continued through the ages in various forms, but was specifically revived during the Age of Enlightenment, which emphasized science and reason over faith and tradition. The movement sought to release man from God’s authority, resulting in a shift from Theism to Deism. Secularism took Deism one step further, suggesting that if God does not interact with mankind and is not near, He is not needed. This perspective unfolded throughout the western world,
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