A question on the origin of the soul.
I got out a book from the Novus Ordo Central Catholic Libarary here which is good in that it has a lot of old books called "A manual of the history of Dogmas Volume II" by a Rev Bernard J. Otten S.J. (it was published in 1918) in which states the opinion that souls are formed from the substance of the parents in a similar manner to the way bodies are as opposed to being seperately created and than infused by God into the body is a heretical opinion condemned by the Church. This greatly surprised me as it has been the opinion I have always held since I first learned that the pre-existence of souls was a heresy (St Augustine, Tertullian and I believe also St Gregory of Nyssa aswell as others who I cant think of off hand also believed this). I had read before that this matter hadnt been decided by the Church.

Do you have any views and/or knowledge in this regard?

"For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedech met him."

Hebrews 7:10 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

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A question on the origin of the soul. - by Clovis - 02-28-2010, 09:06 AM

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