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. Walking the Walk (of the Stations of the Cross) In this article, Carmen Acevedo Butcher discusses how walking the stations of the cross—a devotional path of reflection and repentance based on events in the passion and resurrection of Christ—is being adapted in creative ways today. The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Ralph Wood discusses the doctrine of the Harrowing of Hell (Jesus' descent on Holy Saturday) - the scriptural basis for the doctrine and different ways it has been interpreted. 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. Original Blessing This video interview explores themes of sin, the Fall, and blessings from God as Richard Rohr discusses how original sin often overshadows our original blessing upon creation. Full Text Hymns on The Fall and Original Sin Approach, My Soul, the Mercy SeatPD
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See more hymns... 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. 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. 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) 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. Evolution and the “Original Sins” (Part 2) In this article, George Murphy asks whether we must believe in a time when humankind was completely innocent. How does evolutionary theory influence our view of original sin?