In favor of traducianism

That parents beget their children, not just the bodies of their children.

The body and mind are integral to the whole natural self. To lose the body temporarily between death and resurrection is like having all of one’s limbs amputated.

We were created as persons, and as embodied persons. We were created with our bodies, for our bodies, in our bodies, not before or after our bodies, not in addition to our bodies.

If you punch my chest, you punch me. When I extend my arm, I extend *my* arm. When I was conceived, *I* was conceived. I begot my son, not just the body of my son. We conceive and mothers give birth to children, not just the bodies of children. The Genesis 2:7 event was singular. All subsequent “breathing” happens through begetting.


The singular event of Genesis 2:7: “The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature”

Thereafter: “When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.” (Genesis 5:3)


Question: “Then Eve would be without this breath of life?”

“The rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:22)

Did he breathe into this reshaped side/rib extracted from Adam? Or did he derive Adam’s spirit/”breath” also into Eve’s in one whole derivative creative act?

I am inclined to believe the latter. Eve has the breath of life, and the Adam/Eve marriage/union is seen as the comprehensive rejoining/reunion of what was separated, even while both forever now have permanent individuality.


My friend Luke adds:

Job 33:4-7, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand. Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay. Behold, no fear of me need terrify you; my pressure will not be heavy upon you.”

Elihu was obviously not personally formed from clay, and so nor was he personally breathed into by God. He is clearly harkening back to he and Job’s common origin in one creative event and thus their common human nature.