Monday, February 27, 2017

Body and Soul, Never Separated

St. Gregory of Nyssa
"Gregory asks: What kind of thing is the soul? … Macrina* replies that the soul is like God, but certainly not the same. Just as God is in the universe maintaining its existence, so also the soul is in the body giving it life. The soul remains different from the body even while joined with it; consequently, when the body is broken up [at death] the soul can still be joined with the elements**. Gregory wants to know how the soul can go in different directions when the elements of the body are scattered. Macrina answers that distance and separation have no significance for immaterial things; they affect only bodies."
On the Soul and the Resurrection, from the Introduction by Catherine P. Roth, pages 15-16

(*Macrina)
(**Roth says: "...we may think of molecules if we prefer.")

(Further Comment: Choose Whom you will serve.)

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