Will Atheists sell their souls? If they don't believe in a soul, why wouldn't they? This was an interesting question that came up on the Freakonomics podcast today.
Don't get me wrong. I don't advise such purchases. But it is interesting to note how atheists have some reservation on the question. If they were consistent, like the man mentioned on the podcast, they would have no trouble whatsoever.
However, the fellow who offered to purchase the souls of atheists he spoke with hadn't met with many takers. It gives a small testimony to the fact that that they do have a conscience that is rooted in the immaterial and immortal--and that there is a profaneness to treating it with such flippancy.
The flip side, to which the show speaks, is the irreverence of such a notion. It should be obvious that you really can't purchase a soul, it being inextricably bound to one's body. As C.S. Lewis has said, you are more soul than body. To think that you can purchase it is absurd. But even the consideration of purchasing another's soul is profane. The soul is invaluable due to its sacredness and deserves greater respect.
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