Don’t Blame the Devil: St Augustine and Original Sin
St Augustine of Hippo was a prolific contributor to the formation of modern Christianity, particularly through the concept of Original Sin. The philosophy of human nature this idea implies continues to inform contemporary morality.
"For Augustine, God had not made the slightest error in his creation of human beings, but evil desires, ‘after establishing themselves in the stock of our ancestors, have become naturally ingrained.’"
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Are we born sinners? In “Born Bad,” James Boyce retraces the footsteps of original sin, an idea that continues to shape not just Christianity, but modern concepts of morality in Western culture.