Persons (11-14)

11.) Mortality is non-conservation. If some quantity of energy or a Newtonian particle were alive, it would be immortal. Non-conservation demands transiency of form: either the transiency of an accident in some subject or of the subject itself being consumed by something else and transforming into it.

12.) Transiency of form is non-uniqueness, for transience is communicability. Persons as enumerable fit this description, but not as incommunicabilis.  As an enumerable entity, therefore, the person is mortal; as a unique one he is immortal.

13.) The person exists only within the community of kinship and friendship. Uniqueness is so far from being isolation that it can only be realized in community. The doctrine of the trinity argues that this truth is transcendental.

14.) Death is both in intensification of personality and a diminution of it. In abandoning the enumerable it both loses something that constitutes its personality and that is opposed to it. Christianity addresses this paradox with a three-stage account of human life starting as a σῶμα ψυχικόν, transitioning in death to some sort of anima separata and completing its life in the σῶμα πνευματικόν of 1 Cor. 15:44.


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