Originally Posted by Daniel
My fundi brother has been known to 'go off' about original sin, which makes me think of babies being born with some kind of deformity. It's strange, when you take a good look at the strange ideas people come up with. And original sin seems one of the most strangest of all. It's a very effective idea, however, if one wants to decide what and who is sinful. Then the hoop jumping starts. I know the great theologians have stacks of books on this idea. All I gotta say is that, no matter how you add it up, what pretty face you draw on it, in the end, it's a bad idea, and an even worse teaching tool.
At the risk of starting a tangent, the idea of original sin codified by Augustine for the western church, was the result of a theological battle he had with Pelagius, a Celtic theologian. Pelagius' notion was of Original Blessing. As you say, there have been tomes written on both sides. Here's one UCC pastor's take on it: http://www.religionandspirituality.c...4-113932-2962r
A Google search turns up all sorts of references.