Yesterday I posted about gnosticism. Today, I want to follow that up with a couple of links.
Inherent in any gnostic system in which the world is divided into two parts, that is,the evil physical reality and the good spiritual reality, is the necessary corollary that humans are also divided in this way into our bodies and our souls, the soul being the essential "me" and that which lives on after death.
I have discussed this view of the human in a multi-part series earlier which you can find in the following links (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 4b, and Part 5)
Also, my wife had a great quote about bodies on her blog today which you can find here.