International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 47–59

Christian materialism in a scientific age


DOI: 10.1007/s11153-010-9283-0

Cite this article as:
Baker, L.R. Int J Philos Relig (2011) 70: 47. doi:10.1007/s11153-010-9283-0


Many Christians who argue against Christian materialism direct their arguments against what I call ‘Type-I materialism’, the thesis that I cannot exist without my organic body. I distinguish Type-I materialism from Type-II materialism, which entails only that I cannot exist without some body that supports certain mental functions. I set out a version of Type-II materialism, and argue for its superiority to Type-I materialism in an age of science. Moreover, I show that Type-II materialism can accommodate Christian doctrines like the Resurrection of the Body, the Incarnation, and the “intermediate state” (if there is one).


Type-I materialismType-II materialismConstitutionalismFirst-person perspectiveTechnologyResurrectionIncarnationIntermediate state

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA