On 29/07/2022 23:43, John wrote:
> Oh? I thought Christians believed that a human was made up of spirit
> body and soul. If what you believe is true, then that's the brain,
> which becomes in effect, our life computer. The brain is part of the body
No, that's the mind. When you go to see a psychologist (a name based on
the Greek for "soul") he doesn't whip out a scalpel and start cutting,
which is what he would do if he was treating your brain.
> To me, it's similar to how you describe, but something which comes
> "into" our bodies at some point up to birth. My own personal belief,
> based purely on seeing my son born, is that it's at the point of birth.
Current Catholic teaching, I believe, insists that the foetus is
"ensouled" at the moment of conception. In previous times it was
believed to happen when the baby "quickened" (came alive), which was
when the mother first felt it move. The idea that the first breath marks
ensoulment is reasonable, but in my opinion confuses "nephesh" or
"pneuma", both of which mean "wind", with "ruach" or "psyche".
> If it is as you believe, then why do Christians get upset about
> abortion? Surely the unborn child is just a body being formed in the
> womb. It won't start gaining personality and character until it has
> been born, and becomes a he or she.
Because of respect for the potential? Because of respect for that
abstract thing, Life?
I am against abortion on demand for both those reasons, but given that
50% of fertilised eggs are naturally aborted, I find it impossible to
justify the extreme anti-abortion stance of either the Catholic church
or some very right-wing Protestant. If the mother's life is in danger,
if the woman is the victim of rape or incest (usually both together), or
if the foetus is not viable, I believe that abortion, though
regrettable, is justified.