Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 93

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE Webb seems to hold that the concept of “refined” or “spiritual” matter is better able to solve a number of philosophical and theological problems than a traditional metaphysics drawn from classical philosophy, e.g., the relation of mind and body, the nature of the Resurrection, the Catholic and Orthodox commitment to Eucharistic realism, and so on. The cogency of this move escapes me. If this sort of “spiritual matter” is unlike any matter of which we are typically aware, then the supposed solutions amount to verbal sleight of hand. The relation of “spirit matter” and ordinary matter will involve just as many difficult problems as any other view, including reductionist materialism. Webb’s work is an impassioned plea for Mormonism as a branch of the Christian tree. Unfortunately for him, what he has shown is that Mormonism is a different tree altogether. 92