We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

DICHOTOMISM

The doctrine of extreme duality, which views human beings as composed literally of two separate parts, body and soul. In this primitive understanding, all consciousness is attributed to the soul alone, and everything physical to the body alone. In modern times, Cartesianism is a form of dichotomism. but this is not the biblical or the Christian concept, which emphasizes the unity of the human soul and body to form one substance. (Etym. Greek dicha, in tow + temno, to cut.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A thin-skinned Vatican spokesman harms his own standing 0 hours ago
Pope Francis prevails in Round I of battle for Vatican reform 7 hours ago
Social Media’s Vanity Fair: Danger on every side! March 4
The Ways of Evangelization March 3
Evangelization and the Gift of Meaning March 3

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5