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Mon May 23, 2016, 07:21 AM


One Catholic Teaching Resolves 16 Issues

If the soul and the body are one, then it means a few things

Tom Hoopes
Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
May 23, 2016

In human beings, soul and body are one. We are not souls trapped in a body, waiting to be liberated. Neither are we just bodies that have developed superior brain functions.

The Church talks about the “profound” unity of soul and body. Spirit and matter “are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.”

It is hard to emphasize how important this teaching is and how easily we get it wrong. Here are 16 truths that follow from the unity of soul and body.

1. Man is noble.

“What a piece of work is a man!” said Hamlet. “How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!”


Interesting essay but 15 and 16 are bullshit. If you follow his argument in 15, God erred by giving humans a choice in Eden. 16 lacks as much reason as it lacks basic biology.

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