Last Sunday I introduced my girlfriend to the classic movie "Blade Runner" because of its spiritual examination of what it means to be human. blade runner - best part [final version] - YouTube After the movie we had a discussion about whether or not androids or any sentient but man-made creation could have a soul. She, being more fundamentalist than me, didn't believe they would, that only mankind have souls. I disagreed, thinking that, to some extent, all things that have the spark of life have an essence and self-aware beings would have a soul. Traditional religion has been against mankind created life. Many stories, most a take on Frankenstein, warn against it but I think the sin there isn't creating life, but to think we're equal to God. Creating life for good purposes would be good. To create slaves, as depicted in Blade Runner or the Planet of the Apes series, would be bad. Of course, this presupposes that we do have souls. Obviously atheists think we go out like light bulbs, so even androids, robots and genetically enhanced simians wouldn't have souls either. Thoughts?