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, UnitarianVoodoo, 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
Trichotomists believe that a person consists of a body, soul, and
Both argue their cases convincingly from biblical passages.