American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. In Christian theology, the condition of sin that marks all humans as a result of Adam's first act of disobedience.
- n. Christianity The state of sin, present in each human at birth, that is a direct result of Adam's disobedience to God.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Theol.) the first sin of Adam, as related to its consequences to his descendants of the human race; -- called also
total depravity. See Calvinism.
- n. a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam
“He of course rejected the Pelagian view which denied original sin and grounded the salvation of those who die in infancy on their supposed innocence and sinlessness.”
“The foreknowledge of original sin is no reason for God to except some men from his will of redemption, as the Calvinist sect called Infralapsarians or”
“Jansenistic teaching, leaving room, for instance, for a condition of perfect natural happiness for those dying with only original sin on their souls.”
“Apostolic See, the pope developed the Catholic teaching on original sin and grace, and excluded Pelagius and Caelestius, who were reported to have rejected these doctrines, form communion with the”
“A tracker, known as Billy Williams — who had passed out of the police service after many years of duty during which he had added largely to his burden of original sin and knowledge of”
“He did not invent the doctrines of original sin and seminal transmission of guilt but he did set them as cornerstones in his "system," matching them with a doctrine of infant baptism which cancels, ex opere operato, birth sin and hereditary guilt.”
“Blood sin and desecration of the race are the original sin inthis world and the end of a humanity which surrenders to it.”
“The doctrine of original sin was the starting point, and the pro - mulgation of the Torah or Sacred Law was the answer to it.”
“` ` Oh, I didn't -- I will -- O Jiminy! yes, I will! '' cried the little black delinquent, the full tide of original sin taking an unfair advantage of her excitement to engulf her.”
“No doubt crib-biting, nurse-biting and original sin in general are all strictly reducible from Darwinian principles; but don't by misadventure run against any academical facts.”
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