Starting a new thread so as not to completely derail the original one. The following got me thinking. What, according to our diverse world-views, are we, really? So the Gnostic view as I understand it, we really are souls of divine origin, "wearing" a body which is not really part of us? Theravada Buddhists, as I understand their teachings, have the doctrine of the "five khandhas" (body, feelings, perceptions, cognitions, awareness) which interact in a process to form a human being, but there is no "core being" that is apart form this temporal process. In any case, there is a belief in rebirth, which implies some sort of continuity of this process across bodies. @seattlegal how about Vajrayana, I expect they have more intricate teachings? As I understand @Thomas, Catholic Christians believe the body and soul to belong together to form the human being, hence the teaching on bodily resurrection? How about Islam? @muhammad_isa ? What is the Jewish view, @RabbiO ? Hinduism, @Aupmanyav ? What is the Baha'i view, @Tone Bristow-Stagg? Theosophy, @Nicholas Weeks ? whom did I miss? Please tag them Please correct me where I'm not correctly characterizing your faith's understanding of what is a human being.