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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 Jesus sacrifice his soul to save ours?

As Caleb pointed out, most of these verses you have quoted aren’t actually using the word “soul” to refer to the same theological concept you’re trying to get at. As an addendum to that, I note that ...
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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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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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Did any other early church fathers besides Origen teach the pre-existence of souls?

It's at least true that others in the early church taught doctrines that resembled Origen's. However, not all who did would normally be considered "church fathers," and even among those who ...
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Do angels possess 1) a body, soul and spirit, 2) a soul and spirit or 3) just a spirit?

Within the writings of defenders of the trichotomic nature of man there is significant variation on the question of the nature of angels. The trichotomy of man is a much more popular doctrine within ...
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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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In Reformed Theology, what are seen as the implications of Traducianism versus Creationism (of the soul)?

First, let's have some slightly more in-depth definitions. Charles Hodge describes what traducianists believe as follows: Traducianists on the one hand deny that the soul is created; and on the ...
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Is there any substance to the claim that Origen supported reincarnation?

The challenge in answering this question is that we do not have most of Origen's original work. Proponents of reincarnation argue that translators and scribes made Origen's works more palatable to ...
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What are the Biblical arguments against man having an immortal soul separate from the body?

The most commonly used argument is an argument from absence. Nowhere in the Bible does the phrase "immortal soul" exist. Further, nowhere in the Bible are the two words used in distinct connection. ...
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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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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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What are the biblical arguments against soul sleep?

The Bible never described someone else's soul sleeping only to be awaken at the last judgment. Rather, what the Bible records show is that in the New Testament all of God's people who are in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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