Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Responsibility and Atonement$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248490.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 January 2021

Sin and Original Sin

Sin and Original Sin

(p.137) 9 Sin and Original Sin
Responsibility and Atonement

Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

All adult humans commit actual sin. Humans also have a proneness to sin, original sinfulness, inherited from a first sinner whom we may call Adam. Adam's responsibility for our sinfulness is confined to his beginning the social transmission of a morality that conflicts with our desires, and a sinful example that encouraged us to act against that morality. We are not guilty for Adam's original sin (as Augustine claimed), but we owe it to Adam and all our fellow humans to help them to make atonement for their sins.

Keywords:   Adam, Augustine, Calvin, moral responsibility, original sin, Duns Scotus

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .