Born Okay the First Time: Moving Beyond the Fall/Redemption Paradigm

The Doctrine of Original Sin, which claims we are all born fallen, broken, even evil, to begin with, may not be something all of us profess to believe anymore, but western society has been so influenced by this idea that most of us instinctively presume it’s true, that there’s something innately wrong with being human. A humanistic ethic, on the other hand, starts with a presumption of innocence, of trust that most people have good intentions and naturally care about the wellbeing of others, because its human nature to do so.


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