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Does the Catholic Church teach there is only one person?

No, in fact the Catholic Church teaches no such thing. One approach to seeing this is to understand the way the Church sees the body and soul: The human person, created in the image of God, is a ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

It seems clear that Catholic Church debunked Origen's claim that souls were created and existed before conception and birth. It is more accurate to say "rejected" than "debunked" but there is ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach there is only one person?

The O.P.’s question is not addressed by Church documents, because it is a philosophical one. Nevertheless, based on Church teaching, it is possible to assess the position expressed by the interlocutor....
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

Let the Bible interpret itself. A few verses later: And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. —...
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Does the Catholic Church teach there is only one person?

Objection 1: Other people are only another physical form of yourself. Objection 2: There exists only one unposseded [by ego] and indivisible mind. No, the Catholic Church doesn't believe in this. In ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach there is only one person?

What this "person who has made a few interesting claims" appears to be arguing is the Averroist tenet that there is one collective soul for all humans (i.e., that humans do not have individual souls). ...
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Is Mary's human soul pre-existent in eternity?

In 1661, Pope Alexander VII released the Bull "Sollicitudo omnium eccl.," which reads in part: The devotion to the most blessed Virgin Mary is indeed of long standing among the faithful of Christ ...
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Did JWs believe in trinity and immortality of the soul before they got their own Bible?

The very early Jehovah's Witnesses (then called Bible Students) already believed that trinity and immortality of the soul were unscriptural. As the book God’s Kingdom Rules! on page 24 says: For ...
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Where did our spirit come from? (Overview)

The discussion of the origin of the human soul/spirit (on this topic they are generally spoken of as one immaterial part) is a very old one in Christian history. There are many serious implications ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church has not issued a definitive teaching on this topic. There are certain boundaries that have been established, e.g. that our souls have not always existed but rather were created by ...
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What are the Biblical arguments against man having an immortal soul separate from the body?

The concept of soul as an immaterial part separate from the human body does not exist in the Bible but was adopted into Christianity from Greek philosophy. In Old Testament (OT) the Hebrew word that ...
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How to reconcile the original creation of every soul (Creationism) by God with original sin?

By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state. It is a sin which will be transmitted by ...
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What is the source of the quote attributed to Origen, that "the soul has neither beginning nor end"?

I believe the second part of this quote is original to Hatch, Edwin, and A M. Fairbairn. The Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church. London: Williams and Norgate, 1891, as ...
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According to Catholicism, why do we need a resurrection if we have an immortal soul?

Although I am not a Catholic, I feel confident that I can answer this, as the answer is shared by all Chalcedonian Christians. This question really gets to the heart of what it means to be a human. ...
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How Many Souls Have Ever Lived?

Historical Estimates of World Population shows the world population as single-digit millions before 3000 BC. Given that the world is currently approaching 5-digit millions, I suspect it doesn't make ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church? The Church has not pronounced definitively on this question because at present the Church does not know. The Magisterium of the ...
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At what point is a new soul created according to the Catholic Church?

The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has not made a definitive pronouncement about the precise moment in which the soul is infused to the embryo. The most current magisterial document on the subject ...
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According to the Catholic Church, do conjoined twins have two souls?

This is a pretty popular question on the web 2.0 Internet forums and apparently is still relevant in web 3.0 (or whatever StackExchange is). But the Truths of the Church are still to be found on the ...
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How does John Polkinghorne define the soul?

Introduction Polkinghorne briefly states his conception of the soul in the introduction to The God of Hope and the End of the World: The soul ... is conceived of as the information-bearing pattern ...
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How do those who believe in the immortality of the soul explain Leviticus 21:11?

To my knowledge no serious theologian who doesn't believe in the immortality of the soul uses examples such as Lev 21:11 as proof-texts, so those who do (believe in the immortality of the soul) have ...
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What are the Biblical arguments against man having an immortal soul separate from the body?

One line of argument against the immortality of the soul is: The penalty for sin is death: Genesis 2:17 (KJV) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in ...
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Did Jesus believe that the human soul lived on after death?

Judaism in Jesus' time certainly did believe in a spiritual part separating from the physical body at the death of the body. Check out the rabbinic schools of Shammai and Hillel for proof of that. ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach there is only one person?

In addition to the above great answers, I would also like to quote the Fifth Lateran Council, session 8, which for me also seems to oppose such claims: Consequently, since in our days (which we ...
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What does it mean for the soul to be "immediately" created by God?

"Immediately means that God directly creates soul without any mediators, for example parents." God creates human bodies through the reproductive powers of human parents. But each soul is a direct ...
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What does Reformed Protestantism teach regarding 'spirit and soul and body' (I Thessalonians 5:23)

The majority position in Reformed theology is that man has two substantial natures – a material body and an immaterial soul – and that the words "soul" and "spirit" are best ...
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Do Baptists believe someone with multiple personalities has multiple souls?

The first thing that has to be said is that the movie 'Jonathan' is fiction. There is no indication that the story is intended to be based on anything resembling real life. Christian theology does not ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Article 5 of the Catechism of the Council of Trent says: We are not to imagine that His power and virtue only, and not also His soul, descended into hell; but we are firmly to believe that His soul ...
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

The Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-13; cp. Mar 9:2-13) is a vision, an eschatological vision, that Jesus gave the privilege of enjoying to the "inner circle" of his Apostles, Peter, James and ...
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