Faith Roundtable: Do animals have souls?


My theological perspective tends to fall into the category of panentheism, which argues that God is the soul of creation, all creation throughout the universe. With that perspective the question is not so much whether or not an animal, including humans have a soul, but instead ask, how are we part of the soul of God?

When we flip the question, we change the perception of what it means to die. For instance, the Christian writer and theologian Marcus Borg says, “we die into God.” It is God who has the soul and we live and breathe as ones who are part of creation, connected to it, and never apart from it.

Rev. Mary Wilson is pastor of Church of the Savior in Cedar Park, which is affiliated with The United Church of Christ, American Baptist Churches - USA and The Alliance of Baptists.