Soul Solution

Email EmailI got an emailed question about a recent post where I mentioned that I would always oppose human cloning “because of the soul thing.” The question was:

“What the hell are you talking about? “Soul thing”?”

Well, I’ll explain. I shouldn’t have to, but I will. Each human has one (and exactly one) soul. Let’s say you could create a perfect biological copy (a clone) of Sarah Palin. The DNA is exactly the same. You can’t tell the difference between the two in any way, because there is no detectable difference between the two. This raises some disturbing questions. Questions that are better left unasked.

Does the clone have a soul? If so, where did it come from? Did we create the soul ourselves when we made the clone? That would mean we had divine powers. Did we cause God to make a new soul? That would mean we could boss God around. Neither of those things is acceptable.

But if the clone doesn’t have a soul, it could be even worse. Could we make an army of soulless clones to do our bidding? That would be incredibly dangerous, since we wouldn’t have to worry about the clones’ welfare at all. Why should we? They don’t have souls. And since they don’t have souls, they can’t be held accountable in the afterlife. They could do all sorts of sinful things with no repercussions. Like murder, and dancing. Everyone knows that the only reason that we don’t go around murdering people willy-nilly is the threat of repercussions in the afterlife.

No, the only way to not raise these questions is to not make human clones. And just to be safe, let’s outlaw any research in fields that might lead to the ability to clone humans. Like stem cells. Or genetics. Or biology.

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