Interesting questions. It seems that mind, awareness, reason, and memory are affected, sometimes catastrophically, by physical things like illness, injury, and drugs, so it seems that mind must be physical.
No. I think you’ve got it right. And Praise God, who can make a living, thinking, loving person out of matter! That is truly awesome.
Next question is what happens when we die and all that beautiful brain chemistry stops? This is a mystery.
Other recent threads have asked how the soul interacts with the biology of the body and of the brain in particular, and whether upon the death of the body the soul retains one’s thoughts and memories.
My doubtlessly inadequate answer is that our God, who has the power to create a universe in which matter and energy come to life, has also the power to raise us from the dead – as he himself rose. God gave us life and mind, and faith and love, for a purpose beyond our short earthly existence.
I suspect that the soul apart from the body does not experience thought and memory in the same way as we do in life. Is it without thought or memory? I wouldn’t say so, but it must be different because it is spirit only.
It is significant therefore that we profess in the Nicene Creed that we look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and in the Apostles Creed that we believe in the resurrection of the body. We will be complete when our soul and body are reunited.
Not much. As I wrote above, I think it is true.
No, but you probably have to allow that the soul is quite different from brain function.