Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

John Haught on original sin: A conversation

Ernst M. Conradie
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3437 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3437 | © 2016 Ernst M. Conradie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 April 2016 | Published: 28 October 2016

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Ernst M. Conradie, Department of Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

This article engages with John Haught’s views on original sin. It offers a brief orientation todiscourse on sin in the context of theological debates on human evolution. This is followed bya thick description of Haught’s so-called note on original sin. A series of five observations andquestions regarding Haught’s position is offered. It is observed that Haught’s way of tellingthe story of sin and salvation follows a classic Roman Catholic plot, namely one based on graceelevating nature. This is contrasted with the more typically reformed plot of restoration.


Keywords

Evil; Evolution; John Haught; Original sin; Suffering

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