The Existence Of The Soul

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The purpose of this presentation is to explore varying viewpoints on whether or not the soul exists and come to a conclusion on the issue. We will look at arguments for the existence of the soul from both secular and Christian sources as well as arguments against the existence of the soul in the form of naturalism. Let’s begin with arguments against the existence of the soul. For the most part, arguments and reasoning held by those who do not believe the soul exists have a naturalistic worldview. Naturalism by definition is a philosophical viewpoint according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted. From this definition we can see why people who believe naturalism is true to believe the soul does not exist because the soul is not physical nor natural, but instead spiritual and supernatural. Because Naturalists discount spiritual and/or supernatural explanations for anything, they are subsequently atheists as well. Belief in the existence of the soul is rooted in the belief of the existence of God, therefore arguments presented against the existence of God are also arguments against the existence of the soul. For this reason we will examine arguments against the existence of God. Some of the brightest minds in our world today are atheists. Names such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, and Sam Harris are interwoven into popular culture. Let’s look at some of their arguments against

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