Soul as substance (pt. 3)

Soul is substantial order. The puzzle is that order is a relation, relations are accidents, and accidents aren’t substantial. Any Thomist already sees the false premise: relations as relations aren’t accidents. This was the lynchpin of trinitarian theory even before Augustine.

As substantial order, soul is substantial relation. So regardless of whatever physical account we give of subsistent relation intersecting with the flow of non-living matter (as opposed to simply existing forever and arising on Earth by panspermia) the sacramental or mystical account is obvious: life itself, even in the biological sense, is the subsistent relation of the logos of life becoming incarnate into the world of the dead. And of course the tree of life started as a microbe in some warm little pond. It’s the mustard seed.

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