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reason. This is very nearly the Apollinarian doctrine as to the constitution of Christ's person, applied to all mankind.
§ 2. Trichotomy. It is of more consequence to remark that the Scriptural doctrine is opposed to Trichotomy, or the doctrine that man consists of three distinct substances, body, soul, and spirit ; oua, yuxń, and Tiveữua; corpus, anima, and animus. This view of the nature of man is of the more importance to the theologian because it has not only been held to a greater or less extent in the Church, but also because it has greatly influenced the form in which other doctrines have been presented; and because it has some semblance of support from the Scriptures themselves. The doctrine has been held in different forms. The simplest, the most intelligible, and the one most commonly adopted is, that the body is the material part of our constitution ; the soul, or yuxí, is the principle of animal life ; and the mind, or Tvequa, the principle of our rational and immortal life. When a plant dies its material organization is dissolved and the principle of vegetable life which it contained disappears. When a brute dies its body returns to dust, and the yuxń, or principle of animal life by which it was animated, passes away. When a man dies his body returns to the earth, his yuxý ceases to exist, his TrvEqua alone remains until reunited with the body at the resurrection. To the Tveỹua, which is peculiar to man, belong reason, will, and conscience. To the yuxń which we have in common with the brutes, belong understanding, feeling, and sensibility, or, the power of sense-perceptions. To the owua belongs what is purely material. According to another view of the subject, the soul is neither the body nor the mind; nor is it a distinct subsistence, but it is the resultant of the union of the treuua and owua.? Or according to Delitzsch, there is a dualism of being in man, but a trichotomy of substance. He distinguishes between being and substance, and maintains, (1.) that spirit and soul (Tivemua and yuxý) are not verschiedene Wesen, but that they are verschiedene Substanzen. He says that the yo misa, mentioned in the history of the creation, is not the compositum resulting from the union of the spirit and body, so that the two constituted man. But it is a tertium quid, a third substance which belongs to the constitution of his nature. (2.) But secondly, this third principle does not pertain to the body; it is not the higher attributes or functions of the body, but it pertains to the spirit and is produced by it. It sustains the same relation to it that breath does to the body, or effulgence does to light. He says that the yoxń (soul) is the anaúyaoua of the trvequa and the bond of its union with the body.
1 August Hahn, Lehrbuch des christlichen Glaubens, p. 324. 2 Göschel in Herzog's Encyklopädie, Article “ Seele.” 8 Biblische Psychologie, $ 4, p. 128.
Trichotomy anti-Scriptural. In opposition to all the forms of trichotomy, or the doctrine of a threefold substance in the constitution of man, it may be remarked, (1.) That it is opposed to the account of the creation of man as given in Gen. ii. 7. According to that account God forined man out of the dust of the earth and breathed into him the treath of
whom is a living soul. There is in this account no intimation of anything more than the material body formed of the earth and the living principle derived from God. (2.) This doctrine (trichotomy) is opposed to the uniform usage of Scripture. So far from the was, yvxń, anima, or soul, being distinguished from the por, TvEqua, animus, or mind as either originally different or as derived from it, these words all designate one and the same thing. They are constantly interchanged. The one is substituted for the other, and all that is, or can be predicated of the one, is predicated of the other. The Hebrew was, and the Greek yoxń, mean breath, life, the living principle; that in which life and the whole life of the subject spoken of resides. The same is true of 1797 and aveõna, they also mean breath, life, and living principle. The Scriptures therefore speak of the wins or yuxý not only as that which lives or is the principle of life to the body, but as that which thinks and feels, which may be saved or lost, which survives the body and is immortal. The soul is the man himself, that in which his identity and personality reside. It is the Ego. Higher than the soul there is nothing in man. Therefore it is so often used as a synonym for self. Every soul is every man; my soul is I; his soul is he. What shall a man give in exchange for his soul. It is the soul that sins (Lev. iv. 2); it is the soul that loves God. We are commanded to love God, ev oly tŷ yuxô Hope is said to be the anchor of the soul, and the word of God is able to save the soul. The end of our faith is said to be (1 Peter i. 9), the salvation of our souls; and John (Rev. vi. 9 ; xx. 4), saw in heaven the souls of them that were slain for the word of God. From all this it is evident that the word yuxń, or soul, does not designate the mere animal part of our nature, and is not a substance different from the Tvelua, or spirit. (3.) A third remark on this subject is that all the words above mentioned, wp, 777, and nowa in Hebrew, yoxń and aveõua in Greek, and soul and spirit in English, are used in the Scriptures indiscriminately of men and of irrational animals. If the Bible ascribed only a yoxý to brutes, and both yuxý and aveura to man, there would be some ground for assuming that the two are essentially distinct. But such is not the case. The living principle in the brute is called both way and yo, yuxń and avella. That principle in the brute creation is irrational and mortal; in man it is rational and immortal. “ Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth ? " Eccles. iii. 21. The soul of the brute is the immaterial principle which constitutes its life, and which is endowed with sensibility, and that measure of intelligence which experience shows the lower animals to possess. The soul in man is a created spirit of a higher order, which has not only the attributes of sensibility, memory, and instinct, but also the higher powers which pertain to our intellectual, moral, and religious life. As in the brutes it is not one substance that feels and another that remembers; so it is not one substance in man that is the subject of sensations, and another substance which has intuitions of necessary truths, and which is endowed with conscience and with the knowledge of God. Philosophers speak of world-consciousness, or the immediate cognizance which we have of what is without us; of self-consciousness, or the knowledge of what is within us; and of God-consciousness, or our knowledge and sense of God. These all belong to one and the same immaterial, rational substance. (4.) It is fair to appeal to the testimony of consciousness on this subject. We are conscious of our bodies and we are conscious of our souls, i. e., of the exercises and states of each ; but no man is conscious of the yuxý as distinct from the Tveüra, of the soul as different from the spirit. In other words consciousness reveals the existence of two substances in the constitution of our nature ; but it does not reveal the existence of three substances, and therefore the existence of more than two cannot rationally be assumed.
Doubtful Passages Explained. (5.) The passages of Scriptures which are cited as favouring the opposite doctrine may all be explained in consistency with the current representations of Scripture on the subject. When Paul says to the Thessalonians, “ I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians v. 23), he only uses a periphrasis for
the whole man. As when in Luke i. 46, 47, the virgin says, “ My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," soul and spirit in this passage do not inean different things. And when we are commanded “ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, with all thy strength, and with all thy mind” (Luke x. 27), we have not an enumeration of so many distinct substances. Nor do we distinguish between the mind and heart as separate entities when we pray that both may be enlightened and sanctified; we mean simply the soul in all its aspects or faculties. Again, when in Heb. iv. 12, the Apostle says that the word of God pierces so as to penetrate soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, he does not assume that soul and spirit are different substances. The joints and marrow are not different substances. They are both material; they are different forms of the same substance; and so soul and spirit are one and the same substance under different aspects or relations. We can say that the word of God reaches not only to the feelings, but also to the conscience, without assuming that the heart and conscience are distinct entities. Much less is any such distinction implied in Phil. i. 27, “Stand fast in one spirit (év évì tveúpati), with one mind (uia yuxa).” There is more difficulty in explaining 1 Cor. xv. 44. The Apostle there distinguishes between the σώμα ψυχικόν and the σωμα πνευματικόν ; the former is that in which the yoxý is the animating principle ; and the latter that in which the aveva is the principle of life. The one we have here, the other we are to have hereafter. This seems to imply that the yvxý exists in this life, but is not to exist hereafter, and therefore that the two are separable and distinct. In this explanation we might acquiesce if it did not contradict the general representations of the Scriptures. We are constrained, therefore, to seek another explanation which will harmonize with other portions of the word of God. The general meaning of the Apostle is plain. We have now gross, perishable, and dishonorable, or unsightly bodies. Hereafter we are to have glorious bodies, adapted to a higher state of existence. The only question is, why does he call the one psychical, and the other pneumatic? Because the word yuxý, although often used for the soul as rational and immortal, is also used for the lower form of life which belongs to irrational animals. Our future bodies are not to be adapted to those principles of our nature which we have in common with the brutes, but to those which are peculiar to us as men, created in the image of God. The same individual human soul has certain susceptibilities and powers which adapt it to the present state of existence, and to the earthly house in which it now dwells. It has animal appetites and necessities. It can hunger and thirst. It needs sleep and rest. But the same soul has higher powers. The earthly body is suited to its earthly state ; the heavenly body to its heavenly state. There are not two substances yuxń and avewua, there is but one and the same substance with different susceptibilities and powers. In this same connection Paul says, Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven. Yet our bodies are to inherit that kingdom, and our bodies are flesh and blood. The same material substance now constituted as flesh and blood is to be so changed as to be like Christ's glorious body. As this representation does not prove å substantial difference between the body which now is and that which is to be hereafter, so neither does what the Apostle says of the σωμα ψυχικόν and the σωμα πνευματικών prove that the yxń and Tveõua are distinct substances.
This doctrine of a threefold constitution of man being adopted by Plato, was introduced partially into the early Church, but soon came to be regarded as dangerous, if not heretical. Its being held by the Gnostics that the aveva in man was a part of the divine essence, and incapable of sin ; and by the Apollinarians that Christ had only a human σώμα and ψυχή, but not a human πνεύμα, the Church rejected the doctrine that the toxń and Tvelluo were distinct substances, since upon it those heresies were founded. In later times the Semi-Pelagians taught that the soul and body, but not the spirit in man were the subjects of original sin. All Protestants, Lutheran and Reformed, were, therefore, the more zealous in maintaining that the soul and spirit, yuxń and Tveởua, are one and the same substance and essence. And this, as before remarked, has been the common doctrine of the Church.1
§ 3. Realism.
Its General Character. There is still another view of the nature of man which, from its extensive and long-continued influence, demands consideration. According to this view, man is defined to be, The manifestation of the general principle of humanity in union with a given corporeal organization. This view has been held in various forms which cannot here be severally discussed. It is only the theory in its more general features, or in the form in which it has been commonly presented, that our limits permit us to examine. It necessarily
1 See G. L. Hahn, Theologie des N. T. Olshausen, De Trichotomia Natura Humane, a Novi Testamenti Scriptoribus recepta. Ackermann, Studien und Kritiken, 1839, p. 882. J. T. Beck, Umriss d. biblischen Seelenlehre, 1813.