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Body and Soul

Mark Edmundson

Does the body still exist if we do not have souls? It may sound like a flippant question—or at least a sophistic one. I intend it as neither: Does the body still exist if we do not have souls?

That we do not have souls is a palpable fact to many—I would even say most—members of the educated classes in the West today. They don’t go to church. They don’t spend a lot of time thinking about a possible life to come. They don’t bother themselves terribly about the matter of God.

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