[lit-ideas] Re: War, no sort of about it

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2005 16:30:07 -0400

Eric Yost wrote:

"Instead of all this evil stuff, couldn't it just be that people are born
egocentric and make varying degrees of progress away from egocentricity and
total self-concern?"

The Christian doctrine of Original Sin has nothing to do with evil nor is it
a judgment that everything is bad.  On the contrary, it is the assertion
that all that has been created is good but that something has gone wrong.
It arises out of the experience of knowing what we want to do but doing
something else, something that turns out badly for us.  Furthermore, this
decision is not made in ignorance but knowing the consequences.  It is a
matter of the will and how human willing has made the world less than it can
be.  For those cultured despisers of religion this may be difficult to
appreciate but the doctrine of Original Sin is fundamentally optimistic and
hopeful.  In fact, the doctrine offers up an optimism that one rarely finds
among the despisers since it begins with the view that all there is, and
that includes human beings, is good.

This may also be difficult to appreciate but it is this optimism that leads
me to be a pacifist.


Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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