Category Soul

The Argument from Format – How the Cartesian soul cannot be the originator of free will

This essay sets out to dispel the myth that the soul can be the originator for free will. I will start the essay by establishing the Cartesian idea of what the body is and showing that Descartes and modern biology indicate that the body is a biological machine. After indicating how Descartes (and others) use the soul as the originator for free will / volition, I will show that in order for the soul to be labelled and identified as a soul, it must have the format and properties of a soul. These must be adhered to in order to designate the soul with coherent and consistent properties. To conclude, I will maintain that if a soul must adhere to rules and laws to remain being a soul, then it must operate within a deterministic framework.

Is there a gender schism in heaven?

Here is a great question I saw in the Guardian which raises a whole set of other questions, like all good questions do:

Are Christian souls in the afterlife as segregated by gender as we are on earth?

Souls. What are they, and do they engender gender, so to speak?