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The Death of the Soul | June 3, 2013

German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche made quite a stir in the late 19th century when he informed the world God is dead!

Since then most people have misunderstood what he meant.

He wasn’t saying that God had lived and then He died.

Nietzsche meant that in his sophisticated world, no one of any education, intelligence or cultural breeding believed in God any more, so He was as good as dead.

Belief in God was dead!

A rival situation has been taking place since the late 20th century.

One of the essential teachings of the Catholic Church is that each individual has been blessed with an immortal soul that was made in the image and likeness of God.

America’s cultural elite, the so-called enemies of the cross that St. Paul warned of, have dedicated themselves to the final destruction of all the superstitious remnants of Christian belief.

Their new militancy has focused on the human soul as the final battleground.  To accomplish their final victory, atheistic scientists had to conjure a way to kill the soul.

According to their approach all man’s emotions, feelings, and morality were mere sense impressions, the spontaneous result of biochemical changes.

This new strategy first became apparent in 1996 when Forbes Magazine published Thomas Wolfe’s essay, Sorry but your Soul just Died.

Wolfe at White House.jpg

Your soul just died

His article defined the boundaries for the final battle by focusing on brain imaging, the new technology that watches the human brain as it functions in real time.

While brain imaging was invented for diagnostics reasons, Wolfe underscored its importance for broaching metaphysical and eschatological issues, such as the complex mysteries of personhood, the self, the soul and free will.

He envisioned that neuroscience would have an enormous impact on how people viewed life, death and other human beings.

He predicted that this new science was on the threshold of a unified theory that will have an impact as powerful as that of Darwinism a 100-years ago.

The debate over man’s soul dates back to 17th century French philosophe Rene Descartes’ dictum Cogito ergo Sum.

I think therefore I am.

Started the debate

Traditionalists have always regarded his maxim as indicative of man’s dual nature of body and soul.

This gave rise to the ghost in the machine fallacy, the notion that there is a spiritual self somewhere inside the brain that directs and interprets its operations.

Wolfe’s article challenged this idea, stating that neuroscience proved there is not even any one place in the human brain where consciousness or self-consciousness is located.

According to Wolfe science and pharmacology have replaced religious faith by altering the chemistry of the brain, which also dulled the moral sense.

Echoing Nietzsche, Wolfe predicted that the next generation would believe the soul, the last refuge of values, is dead because educated people no longer believe it exists.

Wolfe believes that the soul for the next generation will occupy the same intellectual realm as witches and warlocks.

The future of the soul

It is also clear that the death of the soul movement is symptomatic of a larger scheme.

Cryogenics or the freezing of the dead so that medical science can later resurrect them is a part of transhumanism, a utopian attempt to establish man’s earthly immortality.

Then there is the 2045 Initiative

It is the futuristic project of Dmitry Itskov, 32, a Russian multimillionaire and former online media magnate.

It envisions the mass production of lifelike, low-cost avatars that can be uploaded with the contents of a human brain, complete with all the particulars of consciousness and personality.

This way a person’s personality, thoughts and mind can achieve an artificial kind of immortality.

David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, says his robotic model of Dmitry Itskov’s head will use 36 motors to reproduce his facial expressions and voice.

A robotic model of Itskov’s head

This seems very much like a new ghost in the machine to me.

To fill the void created by the death of the soul, these modern Doctor Frankensteins have sacralized the earth and make man’s body the object of immortalization.

So while they believe man does not have an eternal soul, his body through scientific discovery and manipulation can eventually achieve earthly immortality.

This effectively flips Christianity on its head.

It is another and maybe more dangerous attempt is to replace an eternal God with an eternal man, which is the fulfillment of the serpent’s promise of ye shall be like gods, in the Garden of Eden.

A lost paradise

How important is it for us to understand and oppose this new attack?

If science can eliminate the immortal soul, then Christ’s death, Resurrection and the entire Catholic faith are all in vain.

 

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3 Comments »

  1. Bill,
    Science will never rid us of the soul, nor will it ever be able to craft “humans.” I just believe that God will never allow it to happen, plus the creatures science “produces” won’t be human, won’t be anything. We should worry, and stay informed, but keep faith in God. It’s like a reenactment of the Garden of Eden admonishment not to eat from the tree of knowledge; God is now reminding us not to try to do what He has done.

    Comment by jakubspen — June 4, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

  2. BB, Glory Be and heaven’s to Betsy. How horrible to think that my 88 year old body would be immortal. Ye Gods!! The end of time will come before scientists can play God. Our Creator creates from nothing. Man can not. Enjoy your thoughts. Pax

    Comment by Mary B. Lachney — June 6, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    • But not as an 88 year-old. Supposed to be “glorified,” I would guess at your best age whenever that was. BB

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      Comment by bbprof — June 6, 2013 @ 6:57 pm


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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