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Postby RobertHenry » 12 Jun 2008, 13:24

Recently, an individual on an email list I subscribe to asked a question concerning a C. S. Lewis quote. The quote is "You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." This is one that I am familiar with, and one that I understand originated from Mere Christianity. However, the individual was unable to find the specific passage where Lewis makes this statement. Anyone know exactly where this is? Or is it "mere"ly a myth become fact in the numerous other quotes that are erroneously attributed to him?

Postby Karen » 12 Jun 2008, 13:36

It's not Lewis, it's by Walter Miller in his Canticle for Liebowitz:

"I'm sorry, Father, I feel that the laws of society are what makes something a crime or not. I'm aware that you don't agree. And there can be bad laws, ill-conceived, true. But in this case, I think we have a good law. If I thought I had such a thing as a soul, and that there might be an angry God in Heaven, I might agree with you."

Abbot Zerchi smiled thinly. "You don't have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily."

The visitor laughed politely. "A semantic confusion."

"True. But which of us is confused? Are you sure?"

(With thanks to Sven, who quoted this in an earlier thread on the same subject).
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Postby john » 12 Jun 2008, 14:51

Kind of reminds me of this quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
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Postby RobertHenry » 12 Jun 2008, 15:28

Well thanks again guys. A big help.

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