Creational Problems for Soul-Emergence from Matter: Philosophical and Theological Concerns

Joshua Farris
Houston Baptist University
Summary Discussions on soul origins are perceived as antiquated at best. However, there is a recent resurgence of interest in the nature and origins of the mind. This is due in part to the recent developments on the nature of “emergent” properties and/or substances in the contemporary literature on the philosophy of mind. As a contribution to this discussion, I examine the two most prominent theories of mental origins and find that each encounter some noteworthy problems. With these in mind, I recommend that some form of Creationism deserves our attention. It provides a solution to the various philosophical and theological concerns associated with the previously mentioned emergence theories of the mind. Finally, I lay out a more satisfying theory of the soul’s creation in a way that accounts for the benefits of emergentism.
Keywords Diesheit  Emergentismus  Emergenzmaterialismus  Kreationismus  Substanzdualismus  creationism  emergent-materialism  emergentism  haecceity  substance dualism
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DOI 10.1515/nzsth-2018-0023
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