Thursday, February 18, 2010

Original sin anyone?

More on evil.

My wife just told me that she asked her history class about how many of them believed that people are basically good. Eveyone raised their hand, with one exception. A LCMS woman who my wife and I have taken to church with us.

I mean, really? Do you guys ever watch the news?


  1. On one hand the doctrine of orignal sin is rationally certain. On the other hand no one knows its depths without divine revelation and the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

  2. True on both counts. I just wonder why they're all so sunny about the condition of the human race. I've run into this since college. When I explained my own political theory at a Women's Study department in north west India (the fallenness of humanity, the need for checks and balances and tradition, Edmund Burke, Federalist papers, blah, blah, blah), everyone looked at me like I was crazy. I mean, seriously, haven't you guys read about what happens when you don't assume human nature is wicked and needs to be restrained? I mean, what about the French revolution for starts- or any other revolution other than the American (which was really a conservative revolution) that's happened since the 18th century. Why so much misplaced optimism among the young? It was never my temptation.