Original Sin

Apple on the tree of knowledge

Tim Mossholder (CC0)

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February 05, 2017

A garden, a tree, an apple and a serpent.  The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin.  But it’s a lot more than a Bible story. The doctrine of original sin shaped Christianity but also left its mark on everything from gun control to how we vote. In this episode, we consider the impact of original sin on politics, capitalism, psychology and beyond. 

Bible
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Could a 1500-year-old Christian doctrine really have that much effect on lives and politics today?

Reflection on beach
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In a new book called "Born Bad," historian James Boyce argues that the concept of original sin is the foundation of Western thought. 

Original blessing
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For theologist Danielle Shroyer, what happened in the Garden of Eden is a story of original blessing. 

Lone tree
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Laird Hunt has written what is really three stories wrapped around each other: A famous lynching in Marion, the story of a song about it, “Strange Fruit,” and a new novel, which begins on that terrible day. 

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September 16, 2017
February 05, 2017
August 25, 2018
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News Director, KNIA/KRLS Knoxville/Pella Iowa
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Theology Scholar
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August 24, 2018