Of course, all this is highly speculative (unfortunately, the
speculations have some ethical implications with respect to the
Nonetheless, I think that most of us in the "infusion of the soul"
camp would say that this is a miraculous event due to an intervention
of God. In other words I'm not so sure that "en-soul-ation" is
something scientifically accessible (say similar to the "new birth").
It may have consequences that are detectable scientifically (a la
Glenn's concerns). If this is the case, then it is not too difficult
to say that God's timing may be different in your three scenarios.
1. "En-soul-ation" occurs at conception for non-twins who have never twinned.
2. "En-soul-ation" occurs at twinning for twins (who don't join back together).
3. "En-soul-ation" occurs at fusion for twinned embryos that fuse
No doubt, you will regard this as horribly ad hoc, but I just don't
see the big problem that you see. God takes care of it despite all
the weird biology (which He is also taking care of). Surely, you're not
going to insist on "clean" answers for this situation.
Psalm 139 applies no matter what.
>>>My gut feeling says point of conception for infusion. That's a very clean
>>>time for the infusion. >>
>How, then, do you answer the three points I made? I will agree that "point
>of conception" is a possible answer. I would not agree that it is a "clean
>time" as my previous post argued.
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