John W Burgeson (
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 15:23:15 -0700

Bivalve wrote:

>>God, being omniscient, knows how many souls are needed. Exactly when
how he matches them up, I don't know-it doesn't fossilize and is not
evident from the biology.>>

But is that argument (above) not one from "God can do everything?"

As such, while true, it does not help us make a decision here.

On the other hand, we do have reliable hard observational evidence that

1. Zygotes sometimes split
2. Zygotes sometimes fuse.

And we do have, some of us, a theology that "one soul per person."

Given that data, how can we possibly claim the zygote has a soul? If we
assert that "God could do it," what is to prevent us from using that same
argument elsewhere? "The universe was created last Thursday." Hey -- God
COULD have done it that way!


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