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Evolution and The Fall


Within Christianity, there are a spectrum of beliefs regarding the function and mode of baptism, what constitutes original sin (or in what form it exists), modes of worship, gender roles (or if they even exist). I will argue here that despite varying dogmas and ideologies one consistent position over two millennia is that Jesus, as the Son of God, came to the earth, died on a cross, and was raised from the grave. Following this is the belief that in some way through these actions, either natural or supernatural, he has given humanity the opportunity to be redeemed. Through this sacrifice, hope, and love demonstrated by Jesus on the cross we may be forgiven of our sins and thus of the guilt associated with the same. This narration is entirely predicated on the stance that we as humans commit sin and require redemption. When we consider an evolutionary account of the ‘rise’ of man, some think it negates a fall and thus the need for redemption. Consequently, we need an account for how sin made its entrance to the worldly stage even if via evolutionary processes.