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It Depends On The Definition Of Life

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on October 15, 2002 01:55:37 UTC

My contention is that the definition of death has to be the same as the definition of life.

The definition of death is determined medically by the absence of brain waves. Otherwise modern medicine could keep persons alive forever, which is a terminal condition for any soul.

Therefore using the same definition, a life has not been aborted if the fetus is taken before brain waves are generated.

The church equates conception with the creation of the soul. In my opinion this is incorrect. The definition of life must be based on when the soul enters the fetus.

Modern medicine has no means to measure when the soul enters or leaves the body. So for the time being the best definition has to be based on when brain waves first or last appear.

This approach of course assumes that souls have prior existence even before the body in some sense comes into existence at the time of conception.

This is the fundamental distinction between eastern and western religion- eastern religion believing that the soul comes from god and has in some sense always existed. In western religions souls are thought to be created at the moment of conception.

I much prefer a belief system where souls have the chance to evolve into supersouls. In western religion, souls are created, lead a brief and usually unhappy life, and then go into a sort of suspended bliss in heaven. Not a very promising prospect.

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