Original Sin

original sin, in Christian theology, the sin of Adam, by which all humankind fell from divine grace. Saint Augustine was the fundamental theologian in the formulation of this doctrine, which states that the essentially graceless nature of humanity requires redemption to save it. The purpose of baptism is to wash away original sin and to restore the individual to an innocent state, although even after baptism a tendency to sin remains as a result of original sin.

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Original Sin: Selected full-text books and articles

The Dark Side of the Soul: Human Nature and the Problem of Evil in Jewish and Christian Traditions By Lowry, Richard Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter 1998
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On Evil By Thomas Aquinas; Richard Regan; Brian Davies Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Question IV "On Original Sin"
Christianity in Jewish Terms By Tikva Frymer-Kensky; David Novak; Peter Ochs; David Fox Sandmel; Michael A. Signer Westview Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Sin and Repentence: 'Turn Us to You and We Shall Return': Original Sin, Atonement, and Redemption in Jewish Terms"
Bound to Sin: Abuse, Holocaust, and the Christian Doctrine of Sin By Alistair McFadyen Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Speaking Morally? The Case of Original Sin"
John Locke and the Problem of Depravity By W. M. Spellman Clarendon Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Original Sing before Locke"
Kierkegaard as Theologian: The Dialectic of Christian Existence By Louis Dupré Sheed and Ward, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "The Dialectic of Sin"
The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards: A Study in Divine Semiotics By Stephen H. Daniel Indiana University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "The Ontology of Original Sin"
Catholicism: The Story of Catholic Christianity By Gerald O'Collins; Mario Farrugia Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of original sin begins on p. 185
FREE! The Concept of Sin By F. R. Tennant University Press, 1912
The Freedom to Say "No"? Karl Rahner's Doctrine of Sin By Highfield, Ron Theological Studies, Vol. 56, No. 3, September 1995
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