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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0001

The question of the soul's origin was unsettled in early Christian thought. Traducianism, creationism, and pre-existence were competing theories, though the first two involved several theological dilemmas. This study asks what cultural work pre-existence performs; what questions, dilemmas, and yearnings has the paradigm addressed, and why it has proved so persistent and enduring, though unrecognized as a major tradition in its own right.

Keywords:   creationism, cultural work, early Christian thought, preexistence, traducianism

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