Albert Einstein once said "The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat." So what exactly is a "soul?"
Alvin Plantiga is held, by many Christian philosophers, to be one of the most preeminent thinkers in our day. In this short YouTube video (6 min.), he gives the reason why he believes there's a supernatural soul, apart from the body: "Alvin Plantinga and the Modal Argument": http://tinyurl.com/kswnhu6 .
Listen carefully, and you'll realize his whole argument relies solely on his imagination. Why does he think the body and soul are two separate things? Simply because he can imagine it. If you think that is very poor reasoning, you would be correct. That is no evidence at all. Just because a person can imagine something means nothing at all. You can imagine that Santa lives at the North Pole with his elves and has a toy shop, but the imagination just doesn't correspond to reality. This is why evidence is so important, and he doesn't seem to even get it when gently pressed by this interviewer. The most interesting interchange comes near the end, at time = 4:46.
So does anything supernatural even exist? Great question. There's a free discussion (and free parking) at Portland State University on Wed. April 9th, at 7:30 pm. Christian philosophy professor Phil Smith (George Fox University) will have a debate and discussion with atheist Bernie Dehler (President of The Center for Philosophical Naturalism). Event details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/lhkrtfr . A Facebook event page can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/l2df3pd . The event is co-sponsored by The Freethinkers of PSU student group, and also involves PSU students and the general audience.
For those of a nonreligious mindset, here's some other groups on meetup.com that you might find interesting:
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
-- Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
-- Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
-- Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl