Original Sin

Apple on the tree of knowledge

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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. 


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September 16, 2017
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