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Would a human clone have a soul?

Full Question

With all the recent talk about cloning, I’ve got to know: Would a human clone have a soul?

Answer

Yes, since every living thing has a soul. Plants have vegetative souls (capable of life and growth), animals have sensitive souls (capable of life, growth, and feeling), and humans have rational souls (capable of life, growth, feeling, and rational thought). Only the last kind survives death since only it is made of spirit; souls of plants and animals are made of matter and die when they die.

Since a human clone would be alive, it would have a soul, and since a human clone would be rational and possess a human body, it would have the same sort of soul as every other human. The soul is created directly by God. The human soul is the substantial form and animating life principle of the human body. How you get that body, whether by natural generation, in vitro fertilization, or cloning is irrelevant. God still creates its soul.










7 comments

  1. Robyn Kazynski Reply

    I would not want to go to heaven if God didn’t allow animals. Why would God give certain people a talent for caring and loving animals if only to never allow that person to ever see one again in Heaven. And how do you know for a fact they are not in Heaven?

    1. Ladyone Reply

      OK because the reason we go to heaven is not to see God and be in his presence, it’s to bring our earthly happiness with us. God isn’t enough at all. *sarcasm*

  2. Robyn Kazynski Reply

    Yet a cloned human can have a soul. Maybe I shouldn’t be Catholic anymore if this is doctrine of the Catholic faith.

  3. Robyn Kazynski Reply

    Psalm 145:-9-10,13,15-21 reads, “God loves all His creation and has made plans for all His children and the lesser creatures to enjoy His eternal Kingdom."

  4. Ameriucho Reply

    I am a devout Catholic but the idea that animal souls don’t survive death is nonsense. I know this for a fact because I saw the soul of one of my pets after it died. I was not dreaming or under any influence. I was also more than 40 years of age when this happened.

  5. Robert Umera Reply

    Am a Catholic. clones, test tube babies dont have a soul.

  6. Mercedes Reply

    Clones were not made by God but by man in a lab. Babies are a product of love through love making. Is not a rocket science. A clone may have life but wasn’t made by God

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