I won't even begin to "characterize" this piece.... :^)
Though I was glad to write it!
The interaction between the divine and the material, and man's role in this, is precisely what intrigues me.
Thanks for the ping and for writing this article. I’ll bookmark this for later reading.
I’ve dug back up my Biblical studies on epistemology recently.
One comparison of Christian anthropology maintains the believer is trichotomous, in Body, Soul, and Spirit.
Each having its own system of perception. The body has the 5 physical senses of perception. The Soul, comprised of the mind and the heart, has a perception called rationalism. Faith is the system of perception in the human spirit.
Each is able to influence the others, without direct attribution.
The body may influence the soul. The spirit also is able to influence physical force. The soul may influence the spirit. The soul may influence the body. The human spirit is able to influence the soul.
Prior to faith in Christ, all humans are dichotomous, with body and soul. Our souls though, have been scarred while dead to God in spirit. Our memory or recall mechanisms are also scarred from pre-salvation thinking, where we tended to either be soulish, carnal, or worldly.
There are several other significant components in this system of epistemology:
Knowledge; Gnosis ; Epignosis; Pistis; Gracis; Charis; Believe / Belief; Faith; Psychological certainty; Naming ; Meaning ; Necessity; Logic; Validity; Truth; Trust; Justification; Intuition (deduction); Insight; Perception; Experience (induction); Ego; Ideas; Imagination; Passion; Emotion; Memory; Judgment; Volition; Will; Image; Understanding; Comprehension; Synthetic (Kantian, new knowledge); Analytic (deduced from self)