Re: virus: Hope

Eric Boyd (
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 01:33:47 -0500

Tim Rhodes wrote:
> On Sat, 8 Jun 1996, Eric Boyd wrote:
> > I've never really liked the Christian "orginal sin" whereby all of
> > mankind is tainted, /evil/, even before we are born. Doesn't make any
> > sense to me.
> Okay, if you guys insist on using Christian terms can you at least go back
> and check the sources? "Original Sin" is a relatively new idea (compared
> to the Torah). And if you look it up, the original "sin" was "eating of
> the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil."

Sorry, my mistake. Interesting question here: Just how different are:

1) "_Knowledge_ of Good and Evil" (the actual "thing" gained in the
orginal sin)

2) Mankind is capable of evil (what I thought I said)

Is the difference even worth mentioning?

> Hmmm,... sounds to me like *consciousness* is the only "sin" I have to
> atone for.

Exactly. This is why my aunt (the fundamentalist atheist, :-) maintains
that the "Holy Spirit" is nothing more than Big Brother living inside
the head of the beleiver. Since our consciousness is inescapable[1] ,
and consciousness is the orginal sin, I'd say that Christianity really
does shakle your brain pretty bad.


[1] hmmm... Zen has something to say about this, doesn't it?