Does a Human Fetus Have a Soul?

Amy shares why it makes sense to believe that a human has a soul at the moment of conception. 


As human beings, we all have a physical aspect to us, our bodies,

and a non-physical aspect that we call a soul.

Our soul animates our body, and it's only separated from our body when we die.

Both the body and the soul are essential aspects of what it means to be human.

They're essential to the kind of being that we are.

Now when I say "essential," I mean it's not like hair color, or the shape of our nose,

or even whether or not we have all four limbs.

You're still a human being if you have no hair.

But a body without a soul would no longer be a human being.

It would be a corpse.

Since both body and soul are essential aspects of human nature, it makes sense to conclude

both are there the moment we begin to exist as a new human being.

That moment happens when egg meats the sperm, and an entirely new, unique, whole human organism

with its own unique DNA fingerprint is created.

From that moment on, that new little human being will be the same human being for the

rest of her life.

Yes, when she's first conceived, her human body is very very small.

But the fact that her whole body becomes more developed over time or that her soul becomes

better able to express itself through that body over time doesn't change the fact that

both body and soul are essential aspects of what she is as a human being and are both

there right from the very beginning.

As I said before, a human body without a soul is a corpse.

But we know that embryonic and fetal human beings are not corpses.

They're alive.

They're growing and developing.

And whenever we have a live human being that's growing and developing, we are seeing a soul

in action.

Your baby is a live human being, so your baby has both a body and a soul.

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Amy K. Hall