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Louis Swingrover
I want to be generally a man more than a philosopher.
I want to be generally a man more than a philosopher.

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"The body of knowledge keeps increasing at incredible speed, but the literature of nonknowledge grows even faster. Books multiply like mushrooms, or rather like toadstools---mildew would be still more precise---and even those who read books come perforce to depend more and more on knowledge about books, writers, and, if possible---for this is the intellectual, or rather the nonintellectual, equivalent of a bargain---movements." ---Walter Kauffman, Introduction to "On the Genealogy of Morals" and "Ecce Homo"

"When a case of acquaintance is one with which I am acquainted (as I am acquainted with my acquaintance with the sense-datum representing the sun), it is plain that the person acquainted is myself." —Bertrand Russell

"Whatever the limitations of 'analytic' philosophy, it is clearly far preferable to what has befallen humanistic fields like English, which have largely collapsed as serious disciplines while becoming the repository for all the world's bad philosophy, bad social science, and bad history. "

—Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the new Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago

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"...what a journalist does for a living does not, in itself, require him or her to be a scholar, an artist, a philosopher, or even particularly good at sorting through abstract ideas. And, really, it is hard both to meet a regular deadline and also to pause long enough to learn anything new, or waste much time even following one’s own arguments." --D.B. Hart

"Let us use great caution that neither our thoughts nor our speech go beyond the limits to which the Word of God itself extends." -John Calvin

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Does Romans 7 Teach the Inherent Sinfulness of the Body?
Sometimes the word “flesh” ("sarx" in Greek) refers to the physical body, but sometimes it refers to ungodly desires. The New Testament authors say that Jesus “became flesh” and dwelt among us, and yet that he was without sin (John 1:14, Hebrews 4:15). John uses "flesh" to refer to the physical human body of Jesus, which is different than what Paul means when he describes a struggle between the "spirit" and the "flesh" in Romans 7.

Similarly, “spirit” is sometimes used in the New Testament to refer to the nonphysical soul of a person, but other times to refer to godly desires. The demons are spirit (nonphysical), but obviously nevertheless capable of sinning! In Romans Paul contrasts the “flesh” (ungodly desires) with the things that are “spiritual” (godly). When we are raised to be like Christ we will have physical bodies and spiritual (righteous) natures. 

Paul does not teach that our physical bodies are inherently sinful and at war against our nonphysical souls, which are inherently righteous. He simply means that prior to the resurrection, we experience good and evil desires that pull us in two different directions. We must nurture our good desires and fight against our evil desires.

Does 1 Corinthians 15 Teach a Nonphysical Resurrection?
Toward the end of 1 Corinthians 15, after moving from the resurrection of Christ to the resurrection of Christians, Paul describes the resurrection body like this: “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” Here Paul does not mean that when we die we lose our physical nature such that we will rise as disembodied spirits. Referring to the physical body (“soma” in Greek), Paul says that it will be sown and it will be raised. He does not say the spirit will be raised, he says that the body will be raised spiritual (“pneumatikos” in Greek). This adjective can describe “one who is filled with and governed by the Spirit of God.”[1] It is not our physical nature that we will lose in the resurrection, it is our sin nature. It is not a nonphysical existence that will we gain, it is a pure character.
Earlier in his letter Paul uses the word “spiritual” in the same way: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual [“pneumatikos”] person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one” (2:14–15). Here Paul uses “natural,” not to refer to the physical body of a person, but to an ungodly character. Similarly he uses “spiritual,” obviously not to refer to the nonphysical soul of a person, but to a godly character.

[1] Strong, J. (2001). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
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