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J. P. Moreland reasons his way to evidence for the soul

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And captures his discoveries in a book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace (May 2019), on overcoming anxiety and depression:

To find peace, he had to think carefully about the difference between the evolutionary materialist account of the human being and what he was actually experiencing. A partial transcript follows: J.P. Moreland: Evolutionary theory implies that we should be completely material beings. Darwin himself saw that to be true and the reason is because evolution is a purely physical story about how purely physical processes such as mutation and natural selection and genetic drift changed purely physical characteristics for reproductive advantage.

Theologian battling depression reaffirms the existence of the soul” at Mind Matters News

See also: Can physics prove there is no free will? (neurosurgeon Michael Egnor)

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3 Replies to “J. P. Moreland reasons his way to evidence for the soul

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    SmartAZ says:

    Why do people spend so many words without bothering to learn what the words mean? Soul is a Hebrew concept, a synonym for a living breathing creature. When the creature stops breathing, the soul is dead. Anybody who uses the word in any other context either doesn’t know what he is talking about, or is trying to sell something you don’t need. Except musicians. Musicians are cool, and they know exactly what they mean by “soul”.

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    EricMH says:

    There are other ancient definitions of soul, such as found in Plato’s dialogues or within Buddhism, which matches the concept of an entity that contains our consciousness and survives the body’s death. Perhaps there is widespread common understanding that the soul exists, and difference of opinion as to the nature of the soul.

    Consider the analogy of soul to body as yourself to your computer. If someone smashed your computer, then from my perspective on the internet you cease to exist. However, in actuality you continue to exist. The same could apply to the body. When the body is destroyed, the soul may be incapable of interacting with us embodied individuals, and we may consider for all intents and purposes the soul has ceased to exist, even though it continues to exist in some manner.

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    awstar says:

    SmartAZ @ 1

    Why do people spend so many words without bothering to learn what the words mean? Soul is a Hebrew concept, a synonym for a living breathing creature. When the creature stops breathing, the soul is dead. Anybody who uses the word in any other context either doesn’t know what he is talking about, or is trying to sell something you don’t need. Except musicians. Musicians are cool, and they know exactly what they mean by “soul”.

    What about the “Hebrew” who said:

    “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

    Does he not know what he is talking about?
    Was he trying to sell something you don’t need?

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