The history of most early religions formulated a dualistic split between spirit and body. This split put us above the Animal Kingdom. It made us superior to other creatures in Nature. This superiority of humans led to an anthropocentric view of humans. This dualistic split lead to the natural bodily instincts of humans as being inferior. This horrendous vilification, desecration, denigration, and contamination stance against human nature is due to a religious fear of human instincts. This fear led to the demonization and dehumanization of us as being sinners. For some virulent inflammatory religions there is the ugliness, cruelty, and abomination of the Doctrine of Original Sin ---> humans are corrupted by sin at birth. Isn’t there something unthinkable, repugnant, and drastically wrong to sanctimoniously preach babies are born sinful? Please, for one minute think about this ----> original sin is based on Adam and Eve disobeying God and eating an apple. And, now the 108,000,000,000 people who have ever lived are born with original sin ----> incomprehensible. The number is based on a 2017 population estimate by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Many religions are dismissive towards science,learning, and women's rights. They employ obscurantism in their opposition to any intellectual advancement that remotely interferes with their beliefs. Fearful religions create troublesome inconvenient truths that contradict scientific established facts (eg. Creationism in place of Darwinism) Invective religions antipathetic infringement against Nature has sadly done a lot to throw humans off balance ---> often permanently.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 5, 2018 at 12:32am

Can there be any more savagely destructive belief than that every child born into this world is already a sinner? And not only that, but, but oh, by the way, their eternal fate is tied to obeisance to the con men perpetrating this hoax. Religion is the ur-fake news. Any literal interpretation of the concept of original sin is pure evil.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2018 at 10:02pm

Dominator Culture depends upon that dualistic split between spirit and body, and the major religions are Dominator (hierarchical, male over female, power comes from weapons). If you want wholeness/integration and being grounded in reality, try a Partnership point of view (cooperative, male and female are equal, power comes from creating). The cultural underpinnings are wider in scope than the particular religions.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 29, 2018 at 9:45am

This is why mankind is so all trucked up! It is incest, and you can blame your perfect god and his plan for that. I blame a lot of the rest of things on dope. 

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on September 13, 2018 at 11:33am

 Religion is always evolving. I often say if you want to understand evolution study religion.

 Original Sin is not actually in the Bible. The idea may have been floating around but was not popularized until St. Augustine in the 5th century C.E. in his book The City of God. again something else I often find myself saying, There is more religion attributed to the Bible than is in the Bible.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 10, 2018 at 6:29pm

The conception of sin flatters us grossly. There is something grandiose in it that cannot but appeal to the child in every man. That we infinitesimal creatures, scrambling like ants over the face of ths minor planet in pursuit of our personal aims—that we have it in our power to affront the majesty of the universe is a most preposterous, delightful fancy . . .

~GK Chesterton

Comment by Michael Penn on September 7, 2018 at 4:40pm

It was not an apple. It was "forbidden fruit." People have kicked this idea around for centuries and even have sex enter in to be the culprit. OK, "original sin." It was sex because the all knowing god in his perfect plan had us all get here by incest. This might be why people had to live so long in those days. Gotta populate the earth. 

Later on Noah and his family of 8 people end up populating the earth again and we know this had to involve more incest. People still lived a long time and god had not improved on his perfect plan. This is why everybody is "born in sin" and you are at the mercy of god, Jesus, and the church.

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