Thoughts on Original Sin by Tatha Wiley (2002) 8A

Chapter 8 covers the thought of Bernard Lonergan, S.J., who died in 1984.  Even though the Story of Adam and Eve is not mentioned, the concept of Original Sin is.  Lonergan sees that our views of the world have changed, from a static to an evolutionary world perspective.

The static world perspective of the premodern era saw the world in terms of logic and essentials.  The classic Doctrine of Original Sin was a static, logical, and essential reading of Genesis 2.4 on.

The evolutionary world perspective sees the world in terms of science and history.  Doctrine develops.  Original Sin needs to be re-symbolized.

Wiley looked at four areas of Lonergan’s writings: methodological theology, the conditions for human development, the problem of development, and sustaining human development.