Origin of the Soul Terms
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, it governs the total
organism and its interactions with the environment.
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.
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.
The doctrine that the pre-existing human soul enters the body by divine
infusion at conception or birth. Opposed to Creationism and
The doctrine that the pre-existing human being in another realm injects
his soul into the body at conception or birth. Opposed to Creationism
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.
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.