Do I have a soul?

Ok, everyone. I have a confession to make: I’m an NPR Junkie.I drive to Everett from Seattle about 5 times a week. It’s a lot of ‘me’ time. Unlike most commuters, I actually love it. I know, I’m weird. And sometimes I spend it with some good tunes cranked up as I sing along at the top of my lungs. More often, though, I have lately found myself tuning into some interesting and thought-provoking programs on National Public Radio. This American Life, RadioLab, Car Talk, Fresh Air, Studio 360, The Splendid Table… It’s quite a list. (I’m open to recommendations, too.)But lately I have stumbled across a program called “To The Best Of Our Knowledge”. It’s basically a show about ‘things that make ya go hmmm’. And lately they’re doing a 5-part series on the very grandiose topic of ‘Science and the Search for Meaning!” I’ve been tuning in. And one that really made me think of posting here was part 3: “Does the Soul Still Matter?”Well does it? Does the ‘soul’ even exist? How do we know? Listen, and decide for yourself. It really gets at some of the new ideas emerging in the conversation about science, church, heaven and humanity. I was particularly interested in what Nancey Murphy, professor of Christian Philosophy, says about the soul. (It’s about 2/3 of the way through the program.) But the whole thing is very good.Listen here: check out the rest of their website at ttbook.orgHappy Advent, everybody.

  1. Bob Chapman said:

    Wouldn’t a soul come under the rubric of "evidence of things not seen"? Not everything can be proved by scientific method. Are you going to create some homo sapiens with a soul and some without in order to run experiments on this subject?

  2. seanbendickson said:

    I probably won’t be running that experiment. I’m a musician, not a scientist. But I imagine there are some crazy, wild-eyed theologians/scientists out there who are seriously considering it.

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