Comments on Original Sin and Original Death: Romans 5:12-19
This 4100 word essay comments on Thomas Schreiner's article of the same name in the (2014) compilation Adam, the Fall and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical and Scientific Perspectives (edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves, Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan). It is an exercise in postmodern scholasticism. Related works include The First Singularity and its Fairy Tale Trace. More
Ideas in Schreiner's article are associated to elements in categorical nested forms. Then, the implications are discussed. The categorical nested forms turn Schreiner's ideas inside out, just like the Fall turned humanity inside out. What does Adam's transgression mean? Are we born spiritually dead? Are we born spiritually alive, but without a sense of direction? Without an innate sense of direction, we might as well be dead. It is never healthy to be lost. What died in the the Story of the Fall? Read the essay and find out. Once "what died" is apparent, Romans 5:12-19 becomes prophetic. This exercise in postmodern scholasticism, plus The First Singularity and its Fairy Tale Trace, complements Madueme's and Reeves' excellent compilation.
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