the body

the body: is v. has

Inside one's natural and social origin, however, is the embryo of a genuine individual struggling to be born. But this unborn individual is so different from the natural man that Paul has to call it by a different name. The New Testament sees the genuine human being as emerging from an embryonic state within nature and society into the fully human world of the individual, which is symbolized as a rebirth or second birth, in the phrase that Jesus used to Nicodemus. Naturally this rebirth cannot mean any separation from one's natural and social context, except insofar as a greater maturity includes some knowledge of the conditioning that was formerly accepted uncritically. The genuine human thus born is the soma pneumatikon, the spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44). This phrase means that spiritual man is a body: the natural man or soma psychikon has one. The resurrection of the spiritual body is the completion of the kind of life the New Testament is talking about, to that extent it is a mature rather than a primitive society.

Ron Dart. The Beatitudes: When Peak Meets Valley (Abbotsford: Fresh Wind Press, 2005), 39. (quoting Northrop Frye's "The Double Vision: Language and Meaning in Religion")

I have the opportunity to meet with Ron Dart quite regularly. He is a very gifted and contemplative thinker, expert in the life and thought of George Grant and the Canadian red tory tradition, passionate about the wisdom writings of Thomas Merton, and mountaineer extraordinaire (among many other things!). I cannot say enough of Ron ... I am quite thankful to have someone like him in my life. He challenges, encourages, and supports all that I am doing in my formation as a theologian and scholar.