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Incarnation and…Doctor Who?

My daughter made a connection between the soul/body connection of Scripture and Doctor Who's 2 hearts!

The other day, my seven year-old daughter was asking me about death. She talked about the idea of our body decaying but our soul living on.

In an effort to stave off Gnosticism, I told her that though popular Biblically, we don’t believe in a soul/body split. I told her I didn’t know exactly what happened at death but I do know that we are not “spirit beings having a human experience.”

I told her about Genesis. That the way the ancient Hebrews tried to explain this mystery was God forming clay and then breathing His breath into it. The material without the spirit isn’t a living person. Neither is the spirit without the material.

We are both spirit and body. Inseparable.

She looked at me as though asome of this was making sense. To show she was getting it, she asked:

I get it. It’s like Doctor Who’s two hearts, right?

Um. Yeah. Something like that. 😉

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

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  1. Sarah Pinnix

    Marc, this is really intriguing to me. I’ve never thought about it that way. Do you have any additional reading on this thinking?

  2. Marc A. Pitman

    Unfortunately, my daughter isn’t yet published. 🙂

    But on the body/spirit unity…I think “Our Father Abraham” is a great place to start. At least as an easy introduction to thinking Hebraically. It’s on Amazon at: [affiliate link]

  3. Jennifer Lambert

    Love the Doctor Who comparison! Such wisdom…

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