Sin (Augustine's definition)



Dr. King records a note on St. Augustine's definition sin, referencing passages from Reinhold Niebuhr's "The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation," volume 1: "Human Nature."

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Sin (Augustine's definition)
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[Crossed out: Evil] Sin (Augustine's definition) "What could begin this evil will but pride, that is the beginning of all sin? And what is pride but a perverse desire of height in pushing him to where the soul ought solely to cleave, as the beginning therefore, to make the self seen in the beginning. This is when it likes itself to well..." De civ. Dei. Book X11, Ch [Chapter] 13. Or again: "What is pride but undue exaltation? And this is undue exaltation, when the soul abandons Him to when it ought to cleave as it's end and becomes. [Page 2] A kind of end in itself." De cir. Dei, Book XIV, Ch [Chapter] 13 Pascal defines sin thusly [thus?], "This I is hateful...In one word it has two qualities: It is essentially unjust in that it makes self the centre of everything and it is troublesome to others in that it seeks to make than subservient; for each I is the enemy and would be the tyrant of all others." Faugire, Vol [Volume] I., p.[Page] 197.
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