Creation of the soul

I thank Brock for pointing me to Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma online:

Creationism, taught by the vast majority of the Fathers by the Schoolmen, and by modern theology, holds that each individual soul is created by God out of nothing at the moment of its lmification with the body. This doctrine is not defmed; it is, however, indirectly expressed in the decision of faith of the 5th General Lateran Council (pro corporum, quibus inftmditur, mul¬titudine multiplicanda: D 738). Pope Alexander VII, in a doctrinal assertion on the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which formed the basis of the dogmatic definition of Pius IX, speaks of the “creation and infusion” of her soul into the body (in primo instanti creationis atque infusion.is in corpus). D IIoo, cf. D 1641. Pope Pius XII, in the Encyclical “Humani generis,” teaches” The Catholic Faith obliges us to hold firmly that souls are immedia¬tely created by God” D 3027. Cf. D 348 (Leo IX).

In view of Humani Generis’s rather clear teaching on this issue, I retract my doubt that souls are created by God directly and not through secondary causes.  It seems that this has been established.

I still think the claim that life couldn’t have arisen from nonlife has not been estabilished.  Rather than stipulating (what seem to me ad hoc) a priori restrictions on the potentialities of “nonlife”, I’d rather leave this to laboratory experiments and the time-dependent Schroedinger equation to determine.

5 Responses

  1. You should check out this website — http://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/

    He has some good posts on liberalism’s effects on science and medicine. This is another website that occasionally also delves into science, medicine and liberalism — http://voxday.blogspot.com

    I think you should check them out. While in their websites at the search bar type in “science”, “university” or “medicine” and observe the posts.

  2. Here is another interesting website that you should check out. Type in “science”, “university” or “medicine” and check out his posts — onestdv.blogspot.com

    Hope I helped.

  3. Type “university”, “medicine” and “science” at the search bars of these websites. Check them out, they are quite interesting. They talk about science, medicine and liberalism.

    1 – http://charltonteaching.blogspot.com
    2 – http://voxday.blogspot.com/

  4. “I still think the claim that life couldn’t have arisen from nonlife has not been estabilished. Rather than stipulating (what seem to me ad hoc) a priori restrictions on the potentialities of “nonlife”, I’d rather leave this to laboratory experiments and the time-dependent Schroedinger equation to determine.”

    It’s interesting that the argument against life from non-life is Aristotelian when in fact Aristotle believed in spontaneous generation from nonliving matter. I agree, I don’t think we can put a priori constraints on what types of properties can emerge.

  5. Thank you, Rahen. I’ll check it out when I get the chance.

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