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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 18, Issue 9/10, 2008

Time, Eternity, Infinity

Józef Życiński, Alicja Baczyńska
Pages 13-25

Mitochondrial Eve or Eve, the First Mother? Original Sin from the Perspective of Evolutionary Anthropology

Discussions on original sin conduced over the last 50 years yield the conclusion that the second half of the 20th century brought about the most far-reaching changes in the perception of original sin since the times of St. Augustine. In spite of these profound changes, the matter in question continues to give rise to controversies. Thus, Alfred Vanneste considers the omission of monogenism in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2 to be a gross oversight on the part of the drafting committee. During deliberations on the transformations of modern culture, an issue may arise, which implied that the notion of human nature encumbered with the weakness of original sin is one of the truths of highest empirical confirmation. It should be noted, however, that an immense diversity of standpoints In expressing his truth exist.

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