Sin and Original Sin

Richard Swinburne

in Responsibility and Atonement

Published in print June 1989 | ISBN: 9780198248491
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598555 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Sin and Original Sin

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All adult humans commit actual sin. Humans also have a proneness to sin, original sinfulness, inherited from a first sinner whom we may call Adam. Adam's responsibility for our sinfulness is confined to his beginning the social transmission of a morality that conflicts with our desires, and a sinful example that encouraged us to act against that morality. We are not guilty for Adam's original sin (as Augustine claimed), but we owe it to Adam and all our fellow humans to help them to make atonement for their sins.

Keywords: Adam; Augustine; Calvin; moral responsibility; original sin; Duns Scotus

Chapter.  4712 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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