This article considers several problems concerning the origin of the soul in the work of the nineteenth century American theologian, William G. T. Shedd. He opts for the traducian position, which is, that the soul is passed down from parents to child, in a way similar to the passing of physical seed from two human parents that fuse in syngamy to form a genetically distinct entity. The essay considers three problems with this view. The first concerns the composition of human natures; the second, whether souls are fissiparous; and the third, the relationship between traducianism, creationism and Augustinian realism.
|Translated title of the contribution||Pulling traducianism out of the Shedd|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Oct 2006|