In Christian theology, traducianism is a doctrine about the origin of the soul (or synonymously, "spirit"), in one of the biblical uses of word to mean the immaterial aspect of man (Genesis 35:18, Matthew 10:28). Traducianism means that this immaterial aspect is transmitted through natural generation along with the body, the material aspect of man. That is, an individual's soul is derived from the souls of the individual's parents. [See, for instance, ), yet many Christians understand the Bible to teach that after the fall, all are sinful at birth (Job ; John can be understood to teach that souls are already present in the loins, and Hebrews , Gregory of Nyssa, many in the early Western church (but Roman Catholicism is creationist), the Lutheran Church, and some theologians such as Baptist Augustus H. Strong and Presbyterians W. G. T. Shedd and Gordon Clark. Most theologiansClarifyme|date=March 2008, especially the Reformed, are creationists.



* [ Traducianism] by Gordon Clark, from the website of the Trinity Foundation
* [ Entry on Traducianism] from an online version of the 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia

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