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De Peccato Originali

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At creation, God granted man a two-fold life: a natural life, and a spiritual life. The former is situated in the union of soul and body, the latter in the linking of the soul to God, who is its craftsman. If by his rebellion Adam also brought the other creatures down so low that therefore they became subject to a curse, it is entirely plausible that the curse was passed down to his whole offspring. One defines original sin as inherited lawlessness or vice effected in the loins of that first parent, committed by the rebellion of all men who from Adam have been generated in the natural way. The form of original sin exists in that lawlessness and disobedience whereby all have sinned with Adam who were in him by virtue of a 'seminal relation'.

Keywords: Adam; curse; God; offspring; original sin; soul



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