RE: Infusion of the soul as a process

From: Adrian Teo (
Date: Wed Jul 24 2002 - 02:04:19 EDT

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    Hello Shaun,

    Embryos becoming humans? Where does this idea come from, and
    metaphysically, how can it ever be credibly argued? Human personhood
    either is or isn't. There are no partial human persons.


            -----Original Message-----
            From: Shuan Rose []
            Sent: Mon 7/22/2002 2:23 PM
            To: Adrian Teo;;;;
            Subject: RE: Infusion of the soul as a process

                    The problem I see here is that according to what I
    have heard, for the
            embryo to go on to be a human being, it has to implant in the
    wall of the
            uterus. Otherwise, it just gets washed out with the next menstrual
            flow-something that happens quite often. Do those embryos
    have fully formed
            souls too?
            According to this web site, the spinal cord and nervous system does not
            start to form until day 1o. The major organs, including ( I
    guess )the brain
            ( the presumed seat of the soul) form by somewhere around day 70.
            Are there any experts on fetal development out there?If we are going to
            guess about the date of the infusion of the soul, let us have
    an educated

            -----Original Message-----
            From: []On
            Behalf Of Adrian Teo
            Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2002 6:14 PM
            Subject: RE: Infusion of the soul as a process

            Hello All,

            Just a suggestion: How about the traditional view, that the huamn
            soul is fully formed upon conception and therefore, the conceptus is
            a fully human person?

                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: []
                    Sent: Sat 7/20/2002 4:54 PM
                    Subject: Infusion of the soul as a process

                    In a message dated 7/20/02 11:39:01 AM,

                    << Even with this answer, however, it is OK to speculate,
            realizing that this
                    is metaphysics, not science. One speculation is that the
            infusion of a soul
                    is a PROCESS, and takes place over the many months of
    gestation, and,
                    perhaps, is not complete until sometime in childhood.
    I don't like this
                    speculation; it implies that there are such things as either
            "partial souls"
                    or "incomplete souls." >>


                    How about an "immature soul"? That makes the soul a
            developing dimension of
                    human beings, reaching full maturity perhaps sometime in
            early adolescence,
                    or at the age of accountability, as some of us old
    timers called it.

                    Just speculating.



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