I believe the doctrine of the Pre-existence of Souls was condemned at Constantinople II in 553 (by the way, has the OO Church ever condemned this doctrine?).ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š But, for the first time in my life (
) I've been reading the deutero-canonicals.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Right now I'm at the Wisdom of Solomon and came across the following verse (Wisdom of Solomon 8:17-20):
17: "When I considered these things inwardly, and pondered in my heart that in kinship with wisdom there is immortality,
18: "and in friendship with her, pure delight, and in the labors of her hands, unfailing wealth, and in the experience of her company, understanding, and renown in sharing her words, I went about seeking how to get her for myself.
19: "As a child I was naturally gifted, and a good soul fell to my lot;
20: "or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body."
What do you all make of this?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š What do the Fathers make of this?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Any help would be greatly appreciated.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Thanx.