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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)

Animals are a test case for Christian psychology. They are evidently conscious (or act as though they are, and we usually act humanely towards them, as though they were). Orthodox Christianity has, however, always denied them souls or spirits, making animal into beings intermediate between men and machines.

  1. In fact, a case can be made from the Old Testament that animals, like men, are souls and have spirits.
  2. Therefore, if we deny souls or spirits to animals, we cannot therefore use these concepts to explain consciousness.

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