We do not have to start from an assumption of scientism, but should re-envision the whole field of philosophical anthropology with the assumption that God is the premier person and that we are made in His image. Consciousness does not have to emerge from the physical world, because it has always been exemplified by God. And human beings are integrated wholes: mind and body are designed to work together.
I am going to introduce to you…theology as I have come to understand it, which is theology the way that everybody understood it until just about the beginning of the 18th century. And that is theology, not just as the analysis of various people’s ideas about God, but as genuine God-given wisdom in our minds and in our hearts.
By embracing this book [Proverbs] you enter into a relationship with God and by renouncing this book you lose relationship with God. Life is relationship with God. Death is alienation from God. Since this wisdom is in the very heart of God being revealed to us as you embrace this wisdom you enter into God’s mind and heart. You’re entering into life.
There are great words in [the Epistle to the] Romans like righteousness, sanctification, redemption, propitiation, faith, justification, power, reconciliation, salvation, no condemnation, life, victory, sons, adoption, heirs. But they are all meaningless to Paul, apart from Christ
Archibald Robertson, Paul The Interpreter Of Christ.