Original Sin

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269618
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683718 | DOI:
Original Sin

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This chapter examines the Christian doctrine of original sin. It suggests that the contrast between the biblical narrative of human genesis and the evolutionary account of human origin is no longer as great as it used to be. This is because recent theology has interpreted the Genesis narrative as primarily symbolic of the human situation rather than as literally descriptive. It explains that under this symbolism Adam simply means a person and Eden the ideal intended state of human existence.

Keywords: original sin; human origin; genesis; evolution; symbolism; human existence; theology

Chapter.  11697 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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