July 24th, 2007


A rejection of the concept of sin.

In religious discourse, especially the Christian discourse with which I am quite familiar and shall focus upon in this entry, there is a heavy emphasis on the idea of "sin". It is taken as a given, as a self-evident reality that requires no explanation or justification. We are all sinners; we have all fallen short of the glory of God; we all deserve to be punished for our sins - how many times have each and every one of us heard religious people tout such claims? At least in my experience, it is commonplace for this to be uncritically accepted as true. I have even had family members who are almost totally unconcerned with religion state that "yeah, we all stuff up, we're sinners". This has illustrated to me the pervasiveness of the idea of "sin".

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