Kent C. Condie

KENT CONDIE is professor of geochemistry at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he has taught since 1970. Condie has written three research treatises, an introductory historical geology textbook with co-author Robert Sloan, Origin and Evolution of Earth (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1998), and three advanced textbooks: Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution (Oxford, Eng: Butterworth Heinmann, 1997), Mantle Plumes and Their Record in Earth History (Cambridge, Eng: Cambridge, University Press, 2001), and Earth as Evolving Planetary System (Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005). His research, primarily dealing with the origin and evolution of continents and the early history of the Earth, has been sponsored chiefly by the U.S. National Sci￾ence Foundation. He is also the author or co-author of more than three hundred articles published in scientific journals.

Premortal Spirits: Implications for Cloning, Abortion, Evolution, and Extinction

Articles/Essays – Volume 39, No. 1

Dialogue 39.1 (Spring 2006): 1–18
Perhaps no other moral issue divides the American public more than abortion. In part, the controversy hinges on the question of when the spirit enters the body. If a spirit were predestined for a given mortalbody and that body is aborted before birth, the spirit would, technically,never be able to have a mortal existence.

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