Biblical Nuggets: Dichotomy, Dichotomist


Dichotomy, Dichotomist. Literally, a dichotomy is a division of items into two mutually exclusive categories. Though there are several ways that dichotomy is used in theology (such as the distinction between God and humans, and between time and eternity), it often refers to the theory that humans arc composed of two distinct components: body and soul. When applied to a theory of what constitutes reality (*metaphysics), theological dichotomists assert that reality is divided into two realms: the material (which is physical and concrete) and the immaterial (which is spiritual and abstract).[1]

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[1] Stanley J. Grenz;David Guretzki;Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Kindle Locations 408-411). Kindle Edition.

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