Four different opinions have been entertained
concerning the origin of human souls:
1. That they are eternal and divine.
2. That they were created in a separate state of existence, before their union with the body.
3. That they have been propagated from the original stock of Adam, who contained in himself the mental as well as the corporeal seed of his posterity.
4. That each soul is occasionally created and embodied in the moment of conception.
— The last of these sentiments appears to have prevailed among the moderns; and our spiritual history is grown less sublime, without becoming more intelligible.