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Philosophia Christi

Volume 21, Issue 1, 2019

20th Anniversary Edition

James T. Turner, Jr.
Pages 167-186
DOI: 10.5840/pc201921116

The Mind of the Spirit in the Resurrected Human
A Mereological Model of Mental Saturation

The Scriptures suggest that Christians are to grow up into the “mind of Christ” or, as Craig Keener calls it, the “mind of the Spirit.” While there have been a few recent works that discuss how mental sharing between the human person and the divine person(s) might contribute to sanctification (for example, Alston), there are not any that discuss a mereological account of how the mental union works with reference to the bodily resurrection. Since I understand the human’s eschatological union with the divine to be the occasion of theosis, I offer in this paper a metaphysical model of at least one aspect of theosis: a part/whole relationship between the mind of a human and the mind of the Spirit, with reference to the eschatological bodily resurrection. I call the union “mental saturation.”