Original Sin Quotes

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Chögyam Trungpa
“We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.”
Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Peter Kreeft
“By the way, if you get mad at your Mac laptop and wonder who designed this demonic device, notice the manufacturer's icon on top: an apple with a bite out of it.”
peter kreeft, Jesus-Shock

Moderata Fonte
“[I]t was with a good end in mind – that of acquiring the knowledge of good and evil – that Eve allowed herself to be carried away and eat the forbidden fruit. But Adam was not moved by this desire for knowledge, but simply by greed: he ate it because he heard Eve say it tasted good.”
Moderata Fonte, The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

“We can say that Faustus makes a choice, and that he is responsible for his choice, but there is in the play a suggestion—sometimes explicit, sometimes only dimly implicit—that Faustus comes to destruction not merely through his own actions but through the actions of a hostile cosmos that entraps him. In this sense, too, there is something of Everyman in Faustus. The story of Adam, for instance, insists on Adam's culpability; Adam, like Faustus, made himself, rather than God, the center of his existence. And yet, despite the traditional expositions, one cannot entirely suppress the commonsense response that if the Creator knew Adam would fall, the Creator rather than Adam is responsible for the fall; Adam ought to have been created of better stuff.”
Sylvan Barnet, Dr. Faustus

Philip Pullman
“We've heard them all talk about Dust, and they're so afraid of it, and you know what? We believed them, even though we could see that what they were doing was wicked and evil and wrong... We thought Dust must be bad too, because they were grown up and they said so. But what if it isn't? What if it's—'

She said breathlessly, 'Yeah! What if it's really good...”
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

James Alison
“The doctrine of original sin is the doctrine according to which divine forgiveness makes known the accidental nature of human mortality, thus permitting an entirely new anthropological understanding.”
James Alison, The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes

G.K. Chesterton
“A man treats his own faults as original sin and supposes them scattered everywhere with the seed of Adam. He supposes that men have then added their own foreign vices to the solid and simple foundation of his own private vices. It would astound him to realize that they have actually, by their strange erratic path, avoided his vices as well as his virtues.”
G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

“Some say that this is the Israelis' original sin. With this I do not agree but I think we can call it Israel's immaculate misconception.”
Avishai Margalit

Louise Hawes
“There may come a time when you will wish you had never tasted the fruit from the tree of knowledge. There may even come a time when you will lie about who took the first bite.”
Louise Hawes, A Flight of Angels

Andrew   Murray
“when the serpent breathed the poison of his pride, the desire to be as God, into the hearts of our first parents, that they too fell from their high estate into all the wretchedness in which man is now sunk. In heaven and earth, pride, self-exaltation, is the gate and the birth, and the curse, of
Andrew Murray, Humility: The Journey Toward Holiness

Robert Ingersoll's character was as nearly perfect as it is possible for the character of mortal man to be... none sweeter or nobler had ever blessed the world. The example of his life was of more value to posterity than all the sermons that were ever written on the doctrine of original sin... The genius for humor and wit and satire of a Voltaire, a wide amplitude of imagination, and a greatness of heart and brain that placed him upon an equal footing with the greatest thinkers of antiquity. He stands, at the close of his career, the first great reformer of the age.

{Thomas' words at the funeral of the great Robert Ingersoll}”
Charles Spalding Thomas

Henry Fielding
“In Truth, none seem to have any Title to assert Human Nature to be necessarily and universally evil, but those whose own Minds afford them one Instance of this natural Depravity.”
Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Sheri Holman
“You don't want to be comforted, do you?" he asks, sadly. "You'd rather be guilty. You know they made up the idea of original sin not to punish but to console us. When all the incomprehensible shit goes down, we can blame ourselves, it was something we did or didn't do. Without guilt, we are irrelevant. And that is so much worse.”
Sheri Holman, Witches on the Road Tonight

“If there is any original sin, it is our self-centeredness, how seriously we all take ourselves.”
Marty Rubin

“If there is any original sin it is the human propensity for self-torment.”
Marty Rubin

“If there is any original sin, it is the human propensity for self-torment.”
Marty Rubin

Symeon the New Theologian
“To such ignorance of God and His divine commandments were they brought down who were begotten of dust from the man of dust, that the honor which they ought to have rendered to God they gave instead to this visible creation, and not just to earth and sky and sun, moon and stars, fire and water and the rest, but they even made gods of those shameful passions themselves which ought not even to be imagined, let alone practiced, and which God had forbidden them. These they set up and – O, the shamelessness! – worshipped as gods. What were they? Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, murder, and whatever else is similar which, not God – away with the blasphemy! – but the devil enjoins and suggests and approves, by which the whole race of mankind was and is enslaved, by which the devil has made and makes us his slaves and subject to his control. Whence, even if there were someone among those thousands and tens of thousands who had not stooped to these shameful ordinances and precepts, since he, too, because of his descent from the seed of those who had sinned, was yet a slave of the tyrant, death, he would also be given over to its corruption and sent without mercy to hell. There was no one, you see, who was able to save and redeem him. For this very reason, therefore, God the Word Who had made us had pity on us and came down.”
Symeon the New Theologian, On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses : On Virtue and Christian Life Vol. 2

Symeon the New Theologian
“But, being Himself at once God and man, His flesh and soul were and are holy - and beyond holy. God is holy, just as He was and is and shall be, and the Virgin is immaculate, without spot or stain, and so, too, was that rib which was taken from Adam. However, the rest of humanity, even though they are His brothers and kin according to the flesh, yet remained even as they were, of dust, and did not immediately become holy and sons of God.”
Symeon the New Theologian, On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses : On Virtue and Christian Life Vol. 2

“Sin, when in the body, cannot not stay put. It's not a guest that stays in one room, making sure not to disturb the others. It is a tenant that lives in everything and goes everywhere. It can bleed into every part, choking out anything holy. The glass shattered and broke when it moved in. Adam and Eve, God's first image-bearers, made to love and reflect God in creation, had now become the world's first sinners.”
Jackie Hill Perry, Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been

“And there is further testimony, so extensive and so powerful that it seems unpardonable to ignore it. Our corruptibility is not contingent. We pretend to know this but rarely examine the relevance of this knowledge to our hopes. We pretend to know that nothing is evergreen, that each source of life is eventually exhausted and each concentration of energy eventually dispersed. We pretend to know that the biological process of life itself is the source of anxiety, conflict, aggression, uncertainty, concern. We pretend to know that no consistent system of values is possible and that at every step values that we consider important become mutually exclusive when we attempt their practical application to individual cases; tragedy, the moral victory of evil, is always possible. We pretend to know that reason often hampers our ability to liberate our energies, that moments of joy are more often than not wrested from intellectual lucidity. We pretend to know that creation is a struggle of man against himself and, more often than not, against others also, that the bliss of love lies in hopeful dissatisfaction, that in our world, death is the only total unity. We pretend to know why our noble motives slide into evil results, why our will toward good emerges from pride, hatred ,vanity, envy, personal ambition. We pretend to know that most of life consists in taking flight from reality and concealing this reality from ourselves. We pretend to know that our efforts to improve the world are constrained by the narrow limits defined by our biological structure and by the pressures of the past which have molded us and which we cannot leave very far behind. All these things, which we pretend to be aware of, compose the reality of original sin---and yet it is this reality that we attempt to deny.”
Leszek Kołakowskik

Roger Scruton
“The search for a policy to overcome original sin is not a coherent political project.”
Roger Scruton, Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left

Megan Campisi
“It's always women who eat sins, since it was Eve who first ate a sin: the Forbidden Fruit.”
Megan Campisi, Sin Eater

Adam Weishaupt
“How does the death of Jesus Christ on the cross save anyone? Save them from what? From the horrific sentence of hell that “God” himself (Jesus Christ himself) imposed on humanity for the non-event of eating an apple! For Christ’s sake!!!”
Adam Weishaupt, Abraham: The World's First Psychopath

Criss Jami
“And sincerely we're seeing
When 'sinternally' seeking
In a manner of speaking
There, in the eve of Eden
Wreaked a sea that was leaking

To where we were once but merely:

Like bodies paralyzed
- (B)Or(ed) minds buried alive -
In a loud room soundproof
Fallen short of the gory abroad before
The Lord God let us go beyond our facade”
Criss Jami

Marie Vieux-Chauvet
“Tatoués par la faute originelle, nous sommes dès l'origine maudits”
Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy

A.D. Aliwat
“A company literally named after the birth of evil in mankind, that celebrates it, the moment when Eve ate the forbidden fruit.”
A.D. Aliwat

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“There is no difference between your death, my death or the death of Jesus. It's just death.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“Adam and Eve were still ignorant and new residents of Heaven, yet the tree was placed there to test their IQ level.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“How many times did Jesus pray or how many times did he bow in private before God?”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“Heaven exists because of you and all living things in the universe.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

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