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View Poll Results: Do you believe in a higher power? Do you believe animals have souls?
Yes, I believe in a higher power. 12 60.00%
No, I do not believe in a higher power. 7 35.00%
Yes, I believe animals have souls. 13 65.00%
No, I do not believe animals have souls. 6 30.00%
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Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 05:55 PM

This is a topic I find very interesting. Because to me, it seems like there is no other possibility. I believe that animals have souls. But I understand that not everyone feels that way.

I am interested in this belief in conjunction with the belief of a higher power. So I have constructed a poll, for people to take anonymously. It is a two part question, so please answer both parts. Part one is: Do you believe in a higher power? And Part two is: Do you believe animals have a soul? Now I understand people's beliefs are not necessarily this black and white, but for the sake of the poll, this is how I am conducting it.

Please feel free to also comment below about your beliefs when it comes to this topic. Thanks

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 06:44 PM

I do believe in a Higher Power, even if I don't actually belong to a religion (though I guess I was brought up with Christian beliefs). I also believe that animals have souls and even remembered when I was younger, I was upset to hear that animals don't go to Heaven. Something that added to my belief that animals have souls is the Native American Indian culture, and the importance that they place on animals and living things. I find it fascinating

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 08:15 PM

Plants dont have souls.Humans dont have souls.Animals dont have souls.Were all soul less.
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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 09:42 PM

I don't know, but to my present knowledge, I'd say no.

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 09:56 PM

I don't believe in souls at all.
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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 10:38 PM

I believe that humans and animals both have souls, and I believe in a higher power (even if it's not the Christian God).

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 10th 2015, 10:38 PM

I'll preface with the fact that I am a vegetarian for multiple reasons, so some would say I have a surprising answer to this question. I do not believe in a higher power, and I do not believe animals have souls, but beyond that, I don't believe in souls. I believe in consciousness, so like an awareness of one's own mind and thoughts. I'm unsure if animals have that, I'm not an animal (well I am, but I can only speak from my own species ). Maybe there's a level of brain development for consciousness that some animals have and some don't. Pretty sure insects are not self aware, you know? But I do not believe in a soul separate from the brain/body in neither human nor animal.

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 11th 2015, 12:46 AM

I believe in both. Human eyes and ears can only pick up a small portion of whats going on around us (referencing the light spectrum, sound spectrum), so to me at least, it would be shortsighted of me if I walked outside, looked around, and said, "Yup, this is it."
I don't really have a strong opinion on whether animals have souls, I just feel like if humans are animals and they have souls, why wouldn't other animals? Saying humans have souls but other things don't is just a way to establish dominion over them- its a way to excuse destructive activities and behaviors like hunting for sport, destroying rain forests*, treating farm animals like garbage, abortion (had to slip it in somewhere, Coffee :P), and various other activities where people would freak out if they were done to humans.
To use those examples, can you imagine if a supposedly higher form of life hunted us for no reason, except to say they bagged a 12-point human? Or what if our cities were all leveled to make way for some giant corporate project? What if that theoretical species stuck humans 5 to a cage, never to leave, then fed them steroids before they were eaten by something else? Or imagine a scenario where humans were poisoned or given incisions to the crown of the head to literally scramble their brains because their continued existence would be extremely hard on someone else... Oh.
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*I believe along the lines of the Hindu belief that plants and less advanced forms of animals have souls that are "asleep", and basically less aware... but why would they even have that soul then? Well... I don't know.

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 12th 2015, 07:16 AM

Yes, i am catholic, so i do believe in a higher power, but i also believe that animals do hsve souls, though thats not what the church teaches. I believe that animals do have souls (and therefore do go to heaven), but i also believe that animals do not know right from wrong, and that they do not have a covenant with god.
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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 12th 2015, 09:46 AM

I don't believe in a higher power but I do believe animals have souls. They're just so loving and caring and they can't just...not. I don't know.

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 12th 2015, 04:03 PM

I don't believe in a higher power and I don't believe souls exist. However I do think animals are conscious, just as much so as humans even if they don't have the same amount of intelligence.

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 13th 2015, 04:05 AM

I believe in a higher power. I also believe that animals have souls. I just feel like most animals are way too loving and caring to not have that. Although, in actuality souls might not even exist and, as some have said, we all just have a level of consciousness.

I don't think my belief in souls has much to do with my belief in a higher power. Even before I believed in a higher power (I was a little kid) I believed that animals were too loving and caring to not have something more to them.

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Re: Do animals have souls? - August 13th 2015, 07:07 AM

Yes and No that I believe in a higher power which is God for me. I'm having struggles.
I believe Animals have souls. How can they not

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