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.