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Religious beliefs


Soul, spirit, body, mind, brain, etc.
What a person is made of.
A range of descriptions and definitions

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The field of religion is rife with terms that have been given so many definitions that their meaning is obscure.

Within a given faith group or denomination, terms such as "soul" and "spirit" are often given a single meaning. But in the culture generally, these words and others like: Christian, cult, occult, Paganism, pluralism, salvation, Witchcraft, Unitarian Voodoo, can have from 2 to a dozen or more meanings. This often causes misunderstandings wherever they are used. Unfortunately, many people do not know this, and naturally assume that the meaning that they have been taught is universally accepted. 

Among Christians, there are two main meanings to "soul:"

  • Dichotomists believe that a person is composed of a body and soul.

  • Trichotomists believe that a person consists of a body, soul, and spirit.

Both argue their cases convincingly from biblical passages.

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