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  •  The Hebrew word for "soul" is the one for breath (4+ / 0-)
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    Judaism, surprisingly enough to Christians, doesn't have an actual concept of "soul".  There is no concern about any afterlife (well, there is post-Greek-era acceptance of its possibility, but you're not supposed to be concerned about it) and your spirituality is part of your life.  So the translation of "soul" is nephesh, literally breath.  And until there is breath, there is not a new life.

    Christians sometimes take words from mistranslations of the Hebrew Bible that they call the Old Testament and make them mean things that the original owners of the text didn't see there.  Christian opposition to abortion is relatively recent.  Pius IX (Pio Nono), the virulently anti-Semitic arch-conservative pope of the mid-19th century, the one who lost the Papal States and was granted infallibility by his cardinals in consolation, made up the Church's opposition to all abortion.  Previously, they used quickening (around day 70 IIRC).  Protestants generally had no qualms about abortion.

    Then around 1979, Republican operative Paul Weyrich made a deal with the Southern Baptists and Moral Majority.  They and the Republican Party would adopt his Catholic anti-abortion position (the Southern Baptist Convention had originally supported Roe v Wade!) and use it as a wedge issue.  So the SBC changed its position, other right-wing preachers fell in line with Pio Nono, and now evangelicals are all nutso over abortion. Proof that stupid memes can become promoted until they're virulent and murderous.

    •  I did not know that. Thank you. I've learned more (0+ / 0-)

      on DKos, than any history class I ever took.

      My personal computer is limited, can't post without tagging on. Community computer better. Pardon tagging to comments, spelling, please.

      by CuriousBoston on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 08:17:07 AM PDT

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