I examine Federalist and Realist approaches to reconciling the imputed guilt tenant of the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin with common notions of moral responsibility. I show that neither theory can explain how Adam's descendents can be held guilty for Adam's first sin. Federalism, though theologically consistent, fails to show how guilt can be imputed through representation. And the Realist theories of Augustine, Aquinas, and Jonathan Edwards, in addition to theological problems, fail to show how Adam's descendents participated in Adam's first sin. I suggest that reconciliation may not be possible due to the affect original sin has on humanity's ability understand the prerogatives of the Creator.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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