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Traducianism is a theory that accounts for a possible origin of the human soul (anima), maintaining that the soul, germinally contained in bodily sperm, is transmitted through sexual intercourse from the parents to their offspring. Specifically, in a Christian context, it is connected with a view that this transmission is traceable back to the first man, Adam, so that every human soul, possibly including the soul of Eve, is ultimately…

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Kitzler, Petr, “Traducianism”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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