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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 30, Issue 4, October 2013

Martin Lembke
Pages 434-438

Pious Polygenism and Original Sin

In this very short paper, I argue that it is possible to harmonize the doctrine of original sin, as western Christendom has traditionally understood it, with a polygenist account of human ancestry. To this end, particular attention is paid to the encyclical Humani Generis (1950), in which Pope Pius XII strongly cautions against polygenist ideas.

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