Tag Archives: Sin

Genesis 3 as Psycho-Drama

Augustine famously argued that the “fall narrative” of Genesis 3, while depicting a real historical event, was also a figure of the rational soul’s disordered relation, through the imagination, to the sensible world. The story depicts how reason (Adam) is seduced … Continue reading

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Anti-Adamic Job

Protesting his innocence before God and men, Job distinguishes himself from Adam (the first and only mention of the person Adam in the OT outside of Genesis 1-5): “If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my … Continue reading

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Paul’s Universalism?

As David Hart observed recently, Romans 5:18 is a verse with hard-to-avoid universalist implications: “ἄρα οὖν ὡς δι’ ἑνὸς παραπτώματος εἰς πάντας ἀνθρώπους εἰς κατάκριμα οὕτως καὶ δι’ ἑνὸς δικαιώματος εἰς πάντας ἀνθρώπους εἰς δικαίωσιν ζωῆς.” (“Therefore as by the offence … Continue reading

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Epictetus’s modest optimism

In his Entretien avec Saci, Pascal both praises and criticizes Epictetus: “I dare to say that he [Epictetus] ought to be adored, if he had known his impotence…After having so well understood that which one ought to do, look how he … Continue reading

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The Unforgiving Servant

When asked by Peter how many times he should forgive someone who wrongs him, Jesus tells a parable about a servant who, after having been forgiven a debt worth billions of dollars, cruelly throws a colleague in jail over a … Continue reading

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Could the LORD have become angelic?

Thomas says no (ST III.4.1). Human nature alone was fit for assumption by the Son, because humanity alone had the two characteristics that make such assumption fitting: first, the dignity of rational personhood which affords every human creature a congruence … Continue reading

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The “Integral State” and Evolution

A stray thought inspired by TJ White’s reflections on “pure nature.” For Thomas, the human is created in a state of grace, granted “original righteousness” that elevates his capacities above what his nature alone would admit. the sin of our first … Continue reading

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