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The Stain of Adam | March 22, 2011

I wonder if anyone remembers Flip Wilson?  One of his stock characters was a woman named Geraldine?

She was a woman of easy virtue, who would raise her voice with a shrill pitch, The Devil made me do it! when someone dared to point out her misbehavior.

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Did the devil make him/her do it?

I am surprised that some liberal theologian has not come along and suggested that there probably is a sin gene that does force people to do evil things.

In past years we have seen scientists promote the existence of a gene that causes alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual addiction and so on.

SomA number of scientists tried extremely hard to “discover” a gay gene.

The scientific findings began in 1991 when Dr. Simon LeVay, who was a homosexual himself, while working at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, found subtle differences in the post-mortem brains of heterosexual and homosexual young men.

By 1995 most science had given up trying to find this elusive gene.

Had they been successful, it would have taken away any moral context from their behavior.

Some scientists believe they has located a “god gene,” which would explain why anyone would believe in a Supreme Being and all the superstitions that follow from that belief, whether it be Catholicism, Islam or any other form of religious belief.

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Religious faith in our DNA?

In effect this scientific determinism would be saying that the millions of believers who died rather than betray a faith in God were evolutionarily programmed to hold such irrational views.

All these addictions that dominate our lives started out as “innocuous” habits of sin that because of the chemical or physical high that comes with them.  After so many times the high became part of their wiring and by that time it became too hard to walk away from.

I think this is all a blend of–I won’t say–JUNK SCIENCE–but an agenda-driven pseudo-science, which starts with a conclusion and then tries to adapt the evidence by piecing together dubious, erroneous and even falsified data to “prove” their point.

The multi-billion dollar money drain, better know as “global warming” is a perfect example.

But the main reason behind this modern compulsion to find a scientific determination for every example of personal self-abuse is part of an over all anti-theological effort to destroy any sense of human responsibility.

This is a perfect fit for our entitlement society.

This moral and scientific compulsion to find the determination of individual behavior revolves around the one essential question that strikes at the heart of all human political, moral and economic debates.

And that is: What is the nature of man?

Every dispute about philosophy, history, science and economics can be reduced to a discussion of the nature of man.

The most extreme answers to this question have been provided by John Calvin, with a little help from St. Augustine and French philosopher, Jean Jacques Rousseau.

Focused on man's sinfulness

The former position held that man was by nature an evil being.  At the beginning of time God had had-selected his Elect who would reign with Him for all eternity in Heaven.

Rousseau, Denis Diderot and the Philosophes in pre-revolutionary France said the exact opposite.

Man was basically good.

The evil that existed was all the fault of the evil and corrupting social institutions, like the churches, government and business establishments.

Rejected man's sinfulness

The origins of this thinking of a scientific determinism that believes in the separation of man from his free will had its origins in the philosophical thinking of the latter group.

If there is no free will and things are already determined, then there is no sin.

Man cannot be responsible for anything, unless he disagrees with the liberal power structure.  Then he must be silenced.

Of course this is all hogwash.  Humans will never be separated from their feelings of guilt and there need to confess.

I guess that is part of the public penance our celebrities have to perform; drink, shoot-up, sleep around—get caught–make a tearful confession on Oprah and then go into rehab for forgiveness.

That’s the way the world turns–like a soap opera but with one very important exception–the incessant need to ask for forgiveness, not validation.

Charlie Sheen’s mental and moral breakdown is a perfect example.

Instead of seeking the penance of the Confessional, like his father most likely would have, the younger Sheen gets his own webcast program and tells everyone how great and perfect he is.

Charlie Sheen Talks with Top FOX Execs

Maybe he'll confess on Oprah

And this is coming from a family, whose name was adapted from a famous Catholic bishop.

I submit that there is some truth to this genetic determination.

So why not a generic sin gene?

I know that the modern world denies sin but this gene might be more of an “addiction” gene that explains human behavior by way of a predetermined genetic code.

Of course society would still demand some sort of confession but it would not be with a priest behind a screen but in the public confessional.

I believe that all human beings, save two were conceived in sin—a predisposition to do wrong permeates all of our DNA.

I call this the Stain of Adam.

St. Augustine, who knew better than most because of his sex addiction, while St. Paul talked about being ‘slaves to sin.

They both were until the grace of God intervened; and they did this on their knees, not reclining on a couch.

This is the only position for a fallen mankind

Several things can militate against this predisposition–good parents who will say No to their children, who left to their own devices will turn into little animals if not” trained” in habits of civilization and virtues.

I have a story that I use to illustrate a means to avoid a lot of trouble in one’s life.

I would ask my friends what would you do if you broke your nose in three places?

A puzzled look usually was the first response.

I would tell them I would stay out of such places.

We can avoid a lot of personal grief if we refrain from going to those places or associating with those “friends” that will lead us to exercise our sin gene.

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1 Comment »

  1. Your deteriminations really are quite feasable providing the gates of the City of God are kept shut.
    Beyond is full of complexities and your example in the last four paragraphs, is an example of a non-avoidance example.

    Comment by Lynne Newington — March 23, 2011 @ 4:00 am


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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