In religion dualism is the belief that there are two (divine?) powers in opposition. The dualism of the Persian religion, Zoroastrianism, has had an impact on both Judaism and Christianity, where the Adversary, Satan, or the Devil is sometimes thought of as a power alongside God.
In Philosophy a system is dualist if it works with two basic constituents to the world or two fundamental ways of existing: e.g. mind and body, matter and soul, being and becoming. In this sense too, dualism has impacted on Christian belief and practice.
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