Of God and His Creatures

The force of this admission will appear in the next two chapters. Two propositions must be kept apart: --

(a) The origin of the intellectual soul of man is synchronous with the moment of conception.

(b) The intellectual soul of man is, as the body of man, simply a product of conception.

St Thomas denies both these propositions. Modern Catholic theologians usually are content with denying the second only.

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