Saturday, January 31, 2015

What is your soul?

Today's crumb recalls the morning when a Sunday School teacher asked her young scholars how they'd answer a question that's puzzled theologians for centuries. "What is your soul?" Some dictionaries say soul is the spiritual part of a human being, regarded as immortal. Others say it's the ultimate internal principal by which we think and act. In his book De anima, Aristotle defines soul as the "first actuality" of an organic natural body.

But what would a child say? After the class discussed the question for several minutes, Lucas finally raised his hand. "I know exactly what my soul is," he told the teacher. "It's the part of me that you can't see that looks like God."

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