a wee history of the soul

I wonder

I decided last week to start a scholarly history of the soul, comparing the concepts of the soul in the main belief systems: Greek philosophers, Torah / Old Testatment, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Agnosticism, Atheism. I spent about 4 days on it. And then I lost the file. I never lose files because I know all the ways to go after them. So, after this morning’s dedication to finding the 5 page document, I let it all go! Just like that! Perhaps the approach was wrong. I must say that it certainly looked boring.

And so, I’ve decided instead to point you in research directions. What I hope is that you will find your way to be clear what you think about the soul.

I became clearer in some of my long-held beliefs after doing the lost research:

  • my soul is the eternal part of me
  • my soul is the place where I can allow God to reside
  • my soul allows me to experience deeply spiritual experiences: joy, praise, agony, vision
  • my soul cannot be constrained by over-definition; ours is a highly personal relationship

This Wiki article is fascinating:

And not quite as varied – a little more erudite:

Don’t get too lost! Enjoy!

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