The soul and when does life begin?

When does life begin? I am wondering about this from the point of sex and abortion.

The Pope insists we agree that life begins at conception. From a purist's viewpoint this is the correct answer. But the Pope comes at this from the point of religion. At the moment the sperm penetrates the egg, the soul takes residence, and this "thing" from then on is worthy of protection.

But is this true? Let us take a look at identical twins. Sometime after the sperm penetrates the egg the cells split into two separate human beings. If the soul takes residence from the point of conception does that mean each twin only has half a soul?

Seems to me the "point of conception" argument is not valid even from a purist's viewpoint.

That which is growing becomes a "person" (and the soul arrives) at some point after conception.

Can the "soul" take residence before that which is growing is capable of thinking?

The Pope needs to come up with a new argument. Of course you can't depend on that because the Pope is so unreasonable he will not even allow Catholics to use condoms as birth control. The condom is birth control BEFORE conception, but he will not even allow that. THAT is just how unreasonable the Pope is!


Blogger Michael said...

Ockham's razor would suggest as the simplest solution to this "conundrum" is that the "soul" doesn't exist and thus, questions of when the "soul" begins is irrelevant.


Michael Tam

12/29/2005 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger Little David said...

It is irrelevant to you, since you are an atheist.

However it is not irrelevant to many people, and they are as entitled to their opinions as you are to yours.

12/29/2005 08:11:00 AM  

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