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I want to share with you some thought about sin. These are not theological, but anthropological. Humans are born selfish. They are born as helpless infants, so they must be self centered. If the(y) are hungry they cry. If they are wet they cry. If they are hurting, they cry. Their needs come first.
This is an excellent post, Roger. In past posts you have clearly expressed the reality of sin from a philosophical-theological perspective (relationship), and you have shown how this view would be compatible with the way the ancient people would have interpreted Genesis. We moderns have the advantage of science, especially anthropology, and should be pleased that makes it more evident how sin arose ‘naturally’ from the evolutionary mechanisms that produced humankind from its animal ancestors.
Human neonates are dependent for a much longer period than any other animal form, and during this period we become accustomed to a selfish, demanding way of life. If we take Genesis seriously and God intended us to become stewards (or even masters) of this planet, then humans had to learn to form societies, just as insects and some animal species became better survivors when acting jointly rather than individually. Insects achieved sociality through genetic mechanisms. Newly minted Homo sapiens sapiens were gifted with a Mind that realized selfhood but also appreciate selfhood in their fellow humans. (@beaglelady and in their pets and animals they depended upon) Thus it was easy to form a more effective society based on obvious kinship (extended family) but in order to extend the society further, humans had to rely on customs, beliefs and laws held in common.
This is the situation we find ourselves now. In the past, information transfer was localized because of limited technology, and so separate societies developed into separate nations that often warred against one another over differences in beliefs. When technology breeches these barriers, blending of societies can occur–witness East & West Germany overcoming differences in government but having a past history of shared culture. But can information sharing blend the differences in cultures of West & East, of democracy and totalitarianism? The technology that promoted global information sharing also unleashed the power of the atom and the power to spread plague. Tune in next century to see which force wins out!