Friday, June 29, 2012

The Secular Outpost: 20+ Questions for Theists #8 and 9 and 10

John Loftus has posted a link to a  list of questions for theists from another blog. Rather than answer all of them in a single post, I will take each of them one at a time. Today:

8. Why would God desire to create embodied moral agents, as opposed to unembodied minds (such as souls, spirits, or ghosts)? Why is the human mind dependent on the physical brain

I gave a response to this one before the post was edited at:

9. Did Australopithecus have a soul? What about homo habilis? Homo erectus? Neanderthals? Why or why not? (HT: Keith Parsons)

I'm not sure if we can really conclusively prove that  Australopithecus,  homo habilis, Homo erectus, or Neanderthals  were fundamentally different from us or represent the varying stages in human evolution. It is am interesting fairytale that I just don't think that there is enough evidence to accept as fact. Therefore being asked about whether or not they had souls is not appropriate. Many people who raise this question don't think modern people have souls either, so it's just sad attempt to make people doubt their own soul's existence based on not being able to answer the same question about "ancestors" that we don't really have much information about. For the sake of argument let's say that these earlier hominids did exist, how would you go about testing their cognitive functions? How would you talk to them about their hopes and dreams? On this subject, if you accept evolution, agnosticism is the only honest position. Concluding that they had souls and that they did not have souls would be a move of blind faith - believing something that you have no evidence for. 

10. How do souls interact with physical matter? Do you have any answer that is not tantamount to "I don't know?" (HT: Keith Parsons)

Souls interact with physical matter in their bodies that God gave us. Easy peasy. 

The Secular Outpost: 20+ Questions for Theists


  1. Easy peasy.

    So you don't know. OK.

  2. I answered it. I guess either you didn't read it or understand. Over your head?

  3. You said "Souls interact with physical matter in their bodies..." and since you can't demonstrate that souls exist or what mechanism they would use to "interact with physical matter", you just said "I don't know" except in a much more prideful and intellectually dishonest way...

  4. The question assumes and grants the existence of souls. And the question does not specify that the souls are disembodied. There is nothing wrong with my answer and you seemed to misread the question. The pride and dishonesty are yours. Jesus can fix you if you go to Him, you don't seem to be able to fix it yourself.

  5. The question assumes and grants the existence of souls.

    Yeah, about that...