As the soul is immortal, it follows that it can neither be created nor destroyed. Catholics say each soul is created in time at conception, but this seems a bit contrived. Why wouldn’t all spirit be created at once in eternity? Why is the creation of spirit bound by time? It seems implausible.
Since the soul is immortal, its reasonable that souls depart for the realm of pure spirit upon the death of the body, and are bound to bodies upon conception, ie reincarnation. Wouldn’t this seem like a more merciful cosmology for the souls of men? Instead of having one shot and then BOOM eternal punishment, acquisition of virtue could instead be freed from the restrictions of singular lifetimes. I recognize eternal punishment for permanent spiritual states is just (although the idea that an intellect endowed with total knowledge could commit sin is dubious imo); but isn’t one lifetime a bit arbitrary? If you commit a single mortal sin and then get smoked by a car crossing the road, that’s it? Socrates says the vast majority of men are neither very good nor very bad, but simply mediocre. Catholic cosmology seems too harsh for man’s mediocrity.
Is there any proof that souls are created in time? Or at least that the soul is the form of the body, rather than the (evident imo) view that the body is merely a temporal vessel for the immortal soul?