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What is a “Soul” Anyway?

Another question religion has no answer for is this:  What, exactly, is a “soul?”  Where in the body does the soul reside?  What evidence is there for the existence of a soul?   It seems to me that religions just assert that there is such a thing as a soul and then leave it at that.   How do believers know that what they experience as the “soul” is not simply neural activity?

Here’s a related question:  If there really were such a thing as a soul, when were souls first created?   Evolution shows us that species do not just magically appear; rather they develop along a continuum.   So what about other hominids?  Did they have souls as well?  Australophithecus?  Neanderthals?   We know that there was some cross-breeding between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens.   Would the offspring have inherited souls from Homo Sapiens?    If Neanderthals had souls, wouldn’t they have needed saving too?  But they clearly lived before the age of divine revelation, so how would they have access to salvation?

If anybody out there has a clue on any of this, I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. Julia
    November 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

    IMO, there are a LOT of things that we just don’t know the answers to. Maybe some we will know the answers to after we die. Others, maybe we’ll never know.

    That was always a big issue I had with the church. They claimed to know everything and they’d give answers to everything even if it sounded like total BS. It’s another reason why scientists are often atheists or agnostics. In order to believe what the church tells us, there is a lot of turning a blind eye to what science has already proven.

    But as to what a soul is, who knows? I’d like to believe that our body is just a vessel and the real “us” is in there and released when we die. But the fact of the matter is, we just don’t know.

    That’s another issue with religion. Too much talking about the past and trying to answer questions. Not enough just living and enjoying what we do know.

  2. November 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Would the Nephilim fit among this “cross-breeding” that you reference?

  3. November 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm
  4. December 21, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I was wondering many of the same questions a few years ago. http://www.namelessheathen.com/archives/4

    There was a good NYT article that I linked to here: http://www.namelessheathen.com/archives/7

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