Greetings Colin and Steve,
I appreciate the general warm tone of this discussion and your kind opening words Steve. I did open myself up to plain speaking when writing a very controversial topic in Theology forum. I hope it doesn't taint my Faithwriters reputation to much haha. I am not a man of apologetics, as my personality is more of an arty, optimist (if there is such a thing), thus I wrestle with apologetics over relationship. So much appreciated.
Yes I enjoyed your point and learnt a little. I'm not sure if I agree with your statement that my logic was invalid. All the scriptures I quoted, in and despite of their context, stand to show evidence of nephesh and ruach, even if we debate the meaning of nephesh and ruach.
One thing I did sneakily leave out (to stoke the conversation a little), is that there are two variations of ruach, and you are indeed correct that animals 'life' and human 'life', is different. This does not, however, state that animals 'life' is mortal or immortal. It just supposes.
Another point of interests is what a soul is defined as. Typically it's mind, will and emotions. Thus if this is the case, when we die we loose our ability to choose, feel and think. Our personality may be on the line too (a blessing for some I suppose, lol), until it returns (new or refurbished) with our resurrected bodies. Or maybe a soul is a different thing entirely.
Maybe my statement that most theologians disagree animals have a soul was a brash statement, but I have never come across any credible theologian who undoubtedly states that. I did not quote people either as I, quite frankly, can't be bothered. Hehe. Too busy. So yes, maybe my statement was brash. Critique received.
Another huge debate is aniamals resurrected bodies. I am preterist (and please for the love of reincarnated monkeys, lets not go there now) and so hold differing views on that side.
At this point there is not enough evidence to persuade me animals are not in heaven. Whether the earthly ones go to heaven or not is the main debate here. And a juicy one too
It was awesome to meet you both. I hope to bump into you again in the future.