Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 DW

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[Does the first singularity confirm Augustine’s social construction of Original Sin?

So far, I noted, in blogs on Anthony Zimmerman’s work, that Augustine’s paradigm looks like the myth of the descent of the soul.

Augustine was once a Manichaean philosopher.

In the Manichaean view, babies are evil.


They are material.

The incorruptible and good spirit that animates each baby collects corruptible and evil material in its descent.

The details about how this occurs are never quite clear. But, everyone knows the punchline: Babies are eternal spiritual sparks trapped in corruptible mortal flesh.]