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Originally posted by vasaga
I don't think the soul evolves. Let's see, the soul can be seen as the basic or fundamental consciousness of a single entity. This consciousness develops a spirit, which is a "manifestation" or "reflection" of the soul. In other words, the soul is the part that processes things, the core if you will, and the spirit is the one that gains experience and evolves. At least, that's the way i see it.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I simply do not see why evolutionary theory would mean that a "soul" could not exist.
It would only mean that science is unable as yet to locate or identify any "thing" that we might call a soul. However, any good scientist would agree that the lack of ability to identify or locate a thing does not mean such a thing cannot exist.
Not having found something, and conclusively disproving something are very different matters.
All evolutionary theory says is that creation as the Christian Bible states creation occurring, in literal terms of days and time frame, with creatures being created in their present form, could not have happened.
If some creationists were able to accept their sacred texts as being written by humans with limited understanding of nature, and allegorical, rather than the literal word of God, there could be compromise.
If some scientists did not rush out discounting all spiritual ideas because one was found not to be factual, there could be compromise.
The dispute is not between "science" and "God" it is between two stubborn dogmatic groups of people with axes to grind.
Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
For those of us who believe in reincarnation, it most certainly does! That's the whole point of reincarnating. As to your base question about if evolution is true, then we were soulless creatures once, this is also true. The 'soul' came with self awareness. As this energy became more organized, it began to evolve. Before anyone dismisses reincarnation, I would ask that you try some form of 'past life regression'. Once you have experience this, your views on the subject change drastically. If you are a skeptic, even better, as the results will be shocking to you!