Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Second Grade Theology

This morning, BigBro asked me if killing a fly was a mortal sin.

"No. Flies are pests that spread disease. It's not even a venial sin to kill a fly."

"But is it a venial sin to kill other bugs?"

"No, honey. Bugs don't have souls. It's not a sin to kill them."

"But what about a praying mantis? Doesn't it have a soul?"

"No. A praying mantis is a bug. Bugs don't have souls."

"But, Mom, they pray. They must have souls if they pray to God."

1 comment:

  1. And some, like Aristotle, would agree with him that bugs (and plants) do have souls... though not immortal souls like humans have.