Catholics/Original sin


In order for the idea of Original Sin to work it seems that it is necessary to believe in a literal Adam and Eve. I find this very difficult and see Genesis as a story making the important point that creation is good (as opposed to the gnostic idea of matter being evil etc.) How does 'Original Sin' work in an evolutionary setting of many first parents at the same time?

I have dealt with this question before.  Please see "Were Adam and Eve First" dated January 2, 2015.  It is listed under "Past Answers" section on the site.  

Read my answer and if there is something you feel I missed or didn't answer you can follow up with me.

Secondly:  Since I have answered that question I have also read a good article on how "Polygenism" (theory of evolution that says we evolved from multiple parents) can be reconciled with the Catholic notion of Original Sin.  That article was written by a Catholic professor of philosophy named Professor Edward Fesser.  I have several works by him and I find him to be a brilliant philosopher and fine Catholic--he is very orthodox.  

The article is very complicated which is why I am not going to summarize it for you.  I could not do justice to it.  The article is called "Modern Biology and Original Sin" and his found on his blog.  Simply do a google search on Edward Fesser and the title of the article.  It is dated September 23, 2011.  


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Father Dave Bechtel


I am a Catholic priest in good standing and in active ministry in the Diocese of Scranton PA. I can answer most any question about the Catholic Faith, however my area of specialization is Systematic Theology. Systematic Theology is a branch of theology that focuses on the fundamental tenants of the Faith and the Dogmas of the Faith. I have specialization on the Reformation and Catholic vs. Protestant theology/issues and answering Protestant challenges to the Faith.


I was ordained in June of 2008. Since that time the thrust of my ministry has been specialized. In my first assignment I was an assistant pastor. A year later I was sent to work in education. I spent six (6) years in education and have now assumed my first pastorate. While education was the thrust of my ministry, nevertheless I continued to have a hand in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and prison chaplaincy. Now that I am out of education I will obviously be focusing more on parish work than specialized ministry. I have two years of formal Clinical Pastoral Education and prior to ordination I successfully pursued Board Certification for health care ministry through the NACC. My certification needs to be renewed and I plan to seek dual certification in health care ministry (NACC and APC) when I renew my certification. I have a breadth of experience working with Protestant ministers and collaborating with them to achieve the goals of hospital pastoral care and chaplaincy. These ministers run the spectrum from the liberal to the conservative.

Bachelors of Science-- University of Scranton PA Masters of Arts Theology--- Saint Mary's Seminary and University Baltimore MD Masters of Divinity--- Saint Charles Borremeo Seminary Philadelphia PA Board Certified Chaplain (up for renewal)

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