Theology: Searching for the Soul

Every religion believes in some form of soul, or animating principle of life. But the fact that none of them ever defined it satisfactorily seemed to bother James Kidd, an eccentric Arizona copper miner whose lifetime interest was the explanation of the supernatural. Kidd mysteriously disappeared in 1949, and was declared legally dead in 1965. Arizona authorities found among his possessions a handwritten will in which the prospector directed that his estate, consisting of stocks and bonds worth $198,138.53, be used for "research or some scientific proof of a soul of the human body which leaves at death."

Although he boggled...

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