Definitions for original sin
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a depravity, or tendency to evil, held to be innate in humankind and transmitted from Adam to the race in consequence of his sin.
Origin of original sin:
1300–50; ME; trans. of ML peccātum orīgināle
a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam
"Adam and Eve committed the original sin when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden"
The state of sin, present in each human at birth, that is a direct result of Adam's disobedience to God.
Original sin, also called ancestral sin, is, according to a Christian theological doctrine, humanity's state of sin resulting from the fall of man, stemming from Adam's rebellion in Eden. This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a "sin nature", to something as drastic as total depravity or automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt. The concept of original sin was first alluded to in the 2nd century by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons in his controversy with certain dualist Gnostics. Its scriptural foundation is based on the New Testament teaching of Paul the Apostle, and Psalm 51:5. Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose and Ambrosiaster considered that mankind shares in Adam's sin, transmitted by human generation. Augustine's formulation of original sin was popular among Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin who equated original sin with concupiscence, affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom. Within Roman Catholicism, the Jansenist movement, which the Church then declared heretical, also maintained that original sin destroyed freedom of will.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given by the theologians to the inherent tendency to sin on the part of all mankind, due, as alleged, to their descent from Adam and the imputation of Adam's guilt to them as sinning in him.
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