“In Adam’s Fall, We Sinned All.” This classic image from the New England Reader of 1802 reveals that the Calvinist theology of original sin goes back a long way in America. Indeed, it goes back a long way in the church: rooted in Paul, amplified by Augustine, perfected by Luther and Calvin.
Those who grew up in Roman Catholic or Reformed traditions perhaps still wrestle with guilt feelings rooted in the embedded idea that we are all totally depraved, stained by moral turpitude, depending only on the free gift of grace through Christ to save us from a fate that our own works can do nothing to alter.
Where do Episcopalians stand on original sin? You’ll be glad to know that Anglican tradition does not emphasize original sin so strongly, yet we, too, recognize the nature of human weakness and fallibility, knowing that we must look to God for hope and salvation.
What do you think of the idea of original sin? Has your personal theology evolved since you were young? How do thoughts of innate human weakness guide your life? Come and talk about it at Pub Theology, Tuesday, April 10, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Corner Cafe Louisville, 9307 La Grange Road.