Challenge Response: Early Embryos Aren’t Individuals

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Alan Shlemon in Do the Right Thing, Weekly Challenge
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Alan responds to the challenge that early embryos aren’t individual human beings because some of them can twin and then even recombine.

  1. Seth says:

    I think that answer is sound on a purely physical level, but what is the thing that is of value? Meaning is it the physical human body or is it the soul? If it is the soul, then when did the embryo receive the soul? If the soul was there from the start, then how did it split into two souls and then back to one soul?

    • Amy Hall says:

      I wouldn’t divide the two so neatly. Human nature has a physical aspect and a non-physical aspect, but I don’t see any reason to think that we start out with an incomplete human nature. I wouldn’t separate a human being into parts and say this part has value and this part doesn’t.

  2. Seth says:

    Thanks for always answering my posts Amy : ) I guess my thinking is that this body goes away and I receive a new body after the judgement. The one thing that seems to stay consistent is the non-physical me. In fact, the new one will be a spiritual body. Plus Bible verses like Luke 12:5 seem to suggest the body is not as important. But you could be right.. I might be separating the body and soul to easily. Have to think more on that. Also, upon further thought, I do think the soul could follow the same line of reasoning as the body that Alan gave when it comes to dividing into 2 and then back to 1. So either way his answer would suffice.

  3. Props for the excellent roll-in from stage right. It looked cool.