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Spiritual Formation, Virtue Ethics, and Christian Anthropology
J.P. Moreland


I enjoyed giving a lecture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, bringing some philosophical tools to bear on how we think of Christian theological issues in anthropology and spiritual formation.

First, I lay out some metaphysical concepts to help explain what I understand a human person to be. Second, I present my understanding of what is the 'body' and the 'soul' and their interrelationship one to another. Third, I provide some application of my view to spiritual formation and growth, including how we can address anxiety and depression. I show how my view matters when reading scripture and understanding the important role of the body in spiritual formation practices.

Some highlighted sections:

  • 10:34: On 'separable parts'
  • 11:54: On 'substance'
  • 24:29: On soul in the body
  • 29:03: On spiritual practices
  • 42:49: On presenting your brain to God
  • 50:47: On whether there is any sin in the human soul
  • 54:34: On what happens to the soul of an animal when it does
  • 1:01:39: On higher brain function criterion.


  • It provides some basic introduction to core metaphysical concepts.
  • It models integration of philosophy, theology, and spiritual formation.
  • It shows the relevance of philosophical anthropology to matters of Christian discipleship and spiritual practice.

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