From Death to Depravity: How "Missing the Mark" Became "Original Sin"

Grace Rivenbark
This reception history of "original sin" displays how the theological conception developed as an idea throughout Western Christianity. This paper performs a critical and in-depth reading of the creation story from Genesis 3 and provides six thematic questions that are discussed through the various interpretations of four major thinkers: Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Friedrich Nietzsche. These four thinkers show how "original sin" has never been as established or
more » ... l within Western Christianity as many have characterized it.
doi:10.57709/5700808 fatcat:lnromrzkvfabdio4zdn3v2fnwu