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  one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau
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Awareness Level of "God"
Calvinism
Destiny of Man
Determinism & Foreknowledge
The Question of Blame
Understanding Forgiveness
Punishment of God
Personal Relationship with God
The Case for Unity
The Gift of Miracles
The Issue of Brotherhood
The Judgment of God
What about Death?
Who WAS Jesus?
Why God not More Involved?
   Sin and Evil
Adam & Eve Allegory
Meaning of Word Sin
The Problem of Evil
The Devil and Satan
The Unpardonable Sin
   Resurrection
Credibility of the Resurrection
Proposed Resurrection Scenario
The Issue of Physicality
   Second Coming
Traditional Advent
Waiting for Godot
Why God Waits
   Belief
Contrast of Believers

The Issues of Belief

 

It is not the business of language to represent pre-linguistic realities in a 1-to-1 correlation. Language is a human tool, serving human interests and purposes. But this understanding of language does not exclude truth! - E.J.(Ted) Bond, Department of Philosophy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ont., Canada

Origin of the Soul Terms
Updated: 12/28/2020

Psyche

The human soul, the personality or the mind as a whole; esp., Psychiatry, the mind considered as a subjectively perceived, functional entity, based upon a physical structure, the brain, and physical processes but with complex processes of its own: the structure of a persons personality, character and belief system, together with a persons spirit, it governs the total organism and its interactions with the environment and human interaction. Taken as a whole, the soul is the total integrated spiritual entity constituted by the belief, will, mind, character, purpose, values, propensities, etc. The soul is NOT a physical or quasi-physical entity, but is a composite pattern that can be expressed.

This modern definition is significantly different from the one that was understood by the term in the Gospels where it is translated as "life'. At that time, this Greek word meant the pattern, essence or flavor of the life content of a person. Of course, these two meanings are related, but you cannot use the modern one to understand what is being said by the J-person in the Gospels.

Creationism

The doctrine that God creates a new soul for every human being born; the doctrine that ascribes the origin of matter, species, etc. to acts of creation by God.  Opposed to Infusionism and Traducianism.

Deo-Infusionism

The doctrine that the pre-existing human soul enters the body by divine infusion at conception or birth.  Opposed to Creationism and Traducianism.

Homo-Infusionism

The doctrine that the pre-existing human being in another realm injects his soul into the body at conception or birth.  Opposed to Creationism and Traducianism.

Traducianism

The philosophical or theological doctrine that the soul is inherited from the parents, whether through the genetic material, i. e. , the genes, RNA, DNA, chromosomes, or some other mechanism.  Opposed to Creationism and Infusionism.

Post-Traducianism or Humanism

The philosophical or theological doctrine that the structure for containing the soul is inherited from the parents, whether through the genome or genetic material, i. e., the genes, RNA, DNA, chromosomes, and/or some other mechanism, but that the soul or psyche is developed and/or nurtured in its particular physical and spiritual environment as the person grows, is educated and value programmed by experience, the parents and other humans.  Opposed to Creationism and Infusionism.

The position of the site author is the latter one.

Spirit:  Taken as a whole, the attitude that a person develops in response to life experiences. The spiritually alive person can make choices that largely determine his attitude. The soul and the spirit closely interact, and that influences the development of both. In some aspects they can be thought of as two sides of the same coin. Like the soul, the spirit is NOT a physical thing, but more like a pattern that can be expressed by a persons reactions in the spiritually immature person, and by responses in the spiritually mature person. See: React  and Respond

Like the term for psyche, the modern definition/usage is significantly different from that which was understood by the ancients, where the term was thought to refer to the vitalizing force that animates. Oftentimes, a person is thought to be the integration of body, soul, and spirit.

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