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TRICHOTOMY

Literally anything that has three parts. In the Bible, St. Paul's doctrine abouth the threefold division in the human beings, composed of body (soma), soul (psyche) and spirit (pneuma). The body is the living organism, the soul is the rational intellect and will, and the spirit is that innermost part of one's being where the Spirit of God abides.

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

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