Search ResultsThe Evolution of Original Sin The doctrine of original sin, as understood today, is the result of a long and messy conversation about difficult parts of Scripture. Adam and Original Sin: What Does the Bible Really Say? This article argues that biblical texts about the Fall do not yield the doctrine of original sin. However, there are important truths carried by the doctrine that should not be abandoned to accommodate evolution. The Gift and Rights of Being Conceived (Part 2) This Catholic essay considers the Immaculate Conception, the Incarnation, and the Eucharist to understand conception, arguing for the right of the frozen human embryo to the completion of his or her development. (Part 2 of 2) Consumption and Conflict Avoidance Michael Gulker observes how consumerism can distract us from fear and conflict, and invites us to live primarily by the liturgical calendar rather than the shopping calendar. Paul and the Fall: The Historical/Ideal View of Romans 1 Robin Collins maintains that the primary scriptural basis for the doctrine of original sin is not Romans 5 but Romans 1:18-32. "Our bondage to sin and spiritual darkness" comes from suppressing the truth about God. Contraception and Original Sin This Catholic article considers contraception and abortion, suggesting that human life exists first in the mind of God from all eternity. For victims of artificial contraception and abortion, this God-given life never begins or is terminated. The Effects of the Annunciation This theological article explores the many effects of the Virgin Mary's "Yes" in the annunciation, including the material, spiritual, and social effects of the fall and their reparations through incarnation. Paul and the Fall: What About Adam? One way to avoid the tension created by the doctrine of original sin is to understand Adam as theologically representing everyman and the original members of the evolving group of hominids that had gained moral self-consciousness. A Church of the Ages? This article discusses the historical spiritual practices of the medieval church, describing which practices are direct responses to Scripture and what wisdom modern Christians can take from medieval spirituality. Sacramental Ecclesiology in the Loaves and Fishes Scott Pauline describes the sacramental nature of the Jesus feeding of the 5000 (John 6:1-16) and how it relates to the way we think of Christ's body the Church and divisions within it. The Cross and Communication: The Impossibility of Communication Touching on John 5:1-18 and Acts 3:1-13, 18-19, Erik Routley attempts to mend the breach between the church and the artist. Do We Need an Alternative to the Traditional View of the Fall? If Genesis is not taken literally, why believe in a literal Adam and Eve? The only scriptural motivation possible is one associated with the doctrine of original sin and the related Pauline statements. Full Text Hymns on The Fall and Original Sin Approach, My Soul, the Mercy SeatPD
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See more hymns... Seeking Other Edens This article gives an overview of food growing during Bible times, monastic days, the medieval era, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While we no longer live in Eden, we still have glimpses of God’s garden. John Paul II’s “Triptych” of the Human Person This article focuses on Pope John Paul II’s "Theology of the Body," which broadens the vision of humanity from not just this life, but to what God intended for humanity before the Fall and into eternity. Tricks, Promises, the Spirit, and Good Soil This full worship planning resource about Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 considers themes of struggles, tricks, promises, focusing on the Spirit, and good soil. Notes for sermon preparation, order, hymns, etc are included. The Fall of Adam Thomas O'Brien offers context, summary, and commentary on the account of the fall as recorded in Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7, and Paul's interpretation of Adam's sin in Romans 5:12-19. Zoom In, Slow Down: “Replaying” Evolution and the Fall Using the analogy of "instant-replay review" to describe the slow process of theological examination, James K. A. Smith's article suggests we carefully explore "issues of creation, evolution, human origins, and original sin" before drawing hasty conclusions. Ordinary Conversations Reveal Original Sin In this sermon illustration for Psalm 51:3-5, Ecclesiastes 7:20, or Isaiah 53:6, the way that people listen-or fail to listen-to each other in ordinary conversation demonstrates the nature of original sin. Deborah, the Day of the Lord, and the Master's Rules This lectionary resource includes song suggestions, readings, prayers, and sermon starter notes on the story of Deborah leading the Israelites in battle, Paul's encouragement about the Day of the Lord, and Jesus' parable of the talents. Lenten Sermons on the Transfiguration, the Sabbath, and God's Love Four lenten homilies by Ray Atwood on Mark 9:2-10, Exodus 20:1-17, John 3:14-21 and John 12:30-33 touch on themes of sacrifice, the Sabbath and the law, rejoicing in God's love for us, and dying and fruit-bearing.