Platonic Dualism

posted Jun 3, 2012, 8:49 PM by Hector Falcon   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 6:48 PM ]
Neoplatonism was a major influence on Christian theology throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in the West notably due to (1) St. Augustine of Hippo, who was influenced by the early Neoplatonists Plotinus and Porphyry, and (2) the works of the Christian writer Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite, who was influenced by later Neoplatonists, such as Proclus and Damascius.

Christoplatonism is a term used to refer to a dualism promoted by Plato, which influenced the Church, which holds spirit is good but matter is evil. Today Christians that espouse this view of dualism see the Christian faith focused solely on the "spiritual" aspects of life - not the material or worldly aspects. The lordship of Jesus is relegated to the individual's spiritual life and not to the world or the culture. According to the Methodist Church and orthodox Reformed Christianity, Christoplatonism directly "contradicts the Biblical record of God calling everything He created good." God's redemptive plan is not just for the individual but for culture and His world as well.

Theological views that advocate this view includes dispensational theology, Pentecostalism, Anabaptism, Plymouth Bretheren, Quakers, Menonites, Fundamentalist and some streams of evangelical theology.