This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Sin in its social aspect

Although CST does not spend a great deal of time developing the theological understanding of sin, it necessarily takes it into account as it pertains to the subject. What this means is that CST acknowledges not only the personal aspect of sin, but also its social aspect. It teaches that “every sin is social insofar as and because it also has social consequences.”[1] While sin is a result of the personal actions of an individual’s free will, yet by virtue of human solidarity every sin of the individual directly impacts his neighbor. This is not by any means an attempt to cancel the responsibility of the individual sinner, but is rather, as was suggested above, an examination of sinfulness from its interpersonal aspect, which complements its individual aspect.

[1] CSDC, 117.

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