13057Classifications among the Valentinians
- Jun 25, 2007According to Marvin Meyer (The Gnostic Discoveries, p. 117), the
Valentinians divide humankind into three groups: "the people of the
spirit" (pneumatikoi), "the people with a soul" (psychikoi), and "the
people of the flesh" (sarkikoi). Does this mean that for one to move
from sarkikoi (unbelievers) to psychikoi (ordinary Christians) and then
to pneumatikoi (spiritual Christians) that one successively ADDS to the
flesh first soul and then spirit, or does one progressively AWAKEN
first soul and then spirit, or is it somethig else? Behind this
question is an attempt to understand their anthropology: is a person
flesh+soul+spirit? Also, in what ways does spirit differ from soul?
Behind this question is another: what is "spiritual" care as opposed,
for example, to "pastoral" care?
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