Theistic Aversion to Physicality (Materialism)
The imaginary battle between "flesh" and "spirit" is as old as theism
itself, though the definition of "spirit" has varied throughout the ages. It's
understandable why theistic thought champions the "spiritual" over physical
because that which is "physical" is associated with the temporal, and thus
associated with death. "Spirit" implies something supernatural that is supposed
to transcend death.
However in modern times,with the advent of popular new speculative studies
in physics, theists have a field day trying to redefine and reinvent terms like
"spirit" or "spirit realm".
Some imagine the spirit realm to be physical, that is belonging to the same
reality as the "flesh" just on a different dimension ( some like to infuse
string theory here) or perhaps it's another universe entirely, perhaps a
universe of "less dense matter" ( multiverse theory, it can get really
interesting when theists, especially those with just enough knowledge of physics
to make them dangerous spout pseudo science babble).
What really baffles me , though is why many theists feel that the "spirit
realm" MUST be something other than matter or energy. What difference would it
make,assuming there really is a "spirit realm", if it was composed of less dense
matter, energy or something entirely different? Is matter evil? Is energy?
I'm reminded of conspiracy theorists who eschew the credit based system of
economy, insisting that banking is an institution of elitist conspirators. Most
of such people I have come across, feel that way because they couldn't
understand the credit based system, couldn't figure out how to use it and became
dysfunctional and impoverished, blaming their financial failures on a conspiracy
theory.Much of this type of thought seems to run together.
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."