DUALISM


DUALISM
   a dualist argues that to explain the FACTS of the world, or even particular facts encountered in daily life, requires a BELIEF in two different ultimate and irreducible PRINCIPLES. There are two major FORMS of dualism
   the first offers an interpretation of the universe which sees it as a cosmic battleground between the principles of GOOD and EVIL
   ZOROASTRIANISM is a classic example of this view within a religious movement. The second form argues for the strict division of human nature into SPIRIT and MATTER. This view first emerged in Indian religions and entered the West with PYTHAGOREANS and ORPHISM in the sixth century B.C. Both forms of dualism have influenced certain developments of CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY although many philosophers have maintained that the idea of GOD as the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE implies a form of MONISM while the early CREEDS stressed the RESURRECTION of the body not the IMMORTALITY of the SOUL.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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