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"Embodiment & Holiness"|Incarnation Spirituality, Theological Gender, and Brain-Computer Interfacing

This episode of Physically Spiritual explores the idea of embodiment and how we grow closer to God as embodied persons: Incarnational Spirituality, Dualism, Gnosticism, Pelagianism, Theological Gender, The Flesh, Brain-Computer Interfacing, Embodied Holiness.

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0:45 Seasons 1-3 Recap

1:30 Embodiment & Anthropology

6:00 Theological Gender

7:15 Modern Philosophy & Personhood

10:45 Brain-Computer Interface

14:00 Pelagianism, Gnosticism & Self-Help

17:15 The “Flesh” in the Scripture

22:00 The Flesh & Salvation

24:00 Embodied Spirituality

31:30 Conclusion & Season 4 Preview


“spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 365. -

“A notorious ‘Catholic’ feminist was recently calling into question all of the moral teachings of the Church in the area of sexuality, and she said, "God does not care what we do with each other's bodies; He only cares whether we treat each other as persons." In other words, men and women could do anything they like with each other's bodies—short of using coercion, of course—as long as they show respect for each other as persons. This in turn implies that there are no definite bodily ways of showing respect or disrespect for persons; showing respect to another is mainly an interior and disembodied act, since any use of another's body can in principle express respect. By detaching personal respect from its bodily expression, this feminist fails to understand how we exist as embodied persons. She thus provides an example of what I call spiritualism. Since she lays great stress on showing respect to persons, her statement typifies spiritualistic personalism.

Now Pope John Paul II's personalism is very different; he takes very seriously the embodiment of human persons. He thinks that God cares very much what we do with each other's bodies. His personalism is not spiritualistic, it is incarnational. [...] He also speaks of a "sacramental" capacity of the human body, which is capable of visibly expressing the invisible person, and of doing so in such a way as to invite persons to love each other. The point is that the Pope takes our embodiment as man and woman far more seriously than does the unisex position, which is tainted by spiritualistic personalism. A body endowed with a nuptial meaning and a sacramental power of rendering the invisible visible, is something far more and far richer than a merely biological body. It is a body endowed with rich personalist meaning, a body that mysteriously embodies the person.” Dr. John Corsby. The Personalism of John Paul II. “Embodiment”. Original posted at

Galatians 5: 13 - 25 - “For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve* one another through love. [...] I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. [...] Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.” -

"The flesh is the hinge of salvation" (Tertullian, De res. 8, 2: PL 2, 852). We believe in God who is creator of the flesh; we believe in the Word made flesh in order to redeem the flesh; we believe in the resurrection of the flesh, the fulfillment of both the creation and the redemption of the flesh.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1015 -

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