My Opinion Of Souls And Animals

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In the Merriam-Webster English dictionary it states that a soul is the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body after death. However, it also states that it is the spiritual part of a human being OR an animal, which is regarded as immortal. These conflicting definitions are what I plan to be discussing in this essay. However, I will not be discussing the validity of these statements because I don’t think they are incorrect, I think that they are incomplete. I believe that all living things on earth have souls. By this I don’t mean that all these living things have the same degree of souls. I believe that our souls are rational, spiritual, and infinitely more complex than others along with being immortal, but I do believe that others still exist. This being said I would like to focus mainly on my opinion of souls and animals, and how I believe a soul is more than just an afterlife. I believe that our soul makes up our advanced mind we as living things possess, including our intelligence, will and emotion. All of which I will be discussing in the following paragraphs. It was said in the article Natural Selection and the Problem of Evil by Paul Draper, that simplicity is significant when arguing the likelihood of a hypothesis (Draper 200). Taking this into account, one could assume that the simpler hypothesis would be that only humans have souls. After all, we are the most complex beings on earth. However, by saying not all living things have

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