Beyond Original Sin
By: Diarmuid O'Murchu
“Grounded in anthropology, quantum physics, and a great respect for indigenous traditions, O’Murchu gives voice to the Great Spirit and our living Earth on every page of this book.” —Bruce Sanguin, author, The Way of the Wind
"Beyond Original Sin is a provocative book that moves us toward a creative and life-giving understanding of how we live today within God's grace. A must read that belongs in everyone's library." --Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion
The wisdom of paleontology—the study of human origins—is creating a revolution that is likely to shake many inherited Christian beliefs, including the doctrine of Original Sin. The long-held belief in a fundamental flaw finds little support in our ancient human story because we consistently encounter a species with an enormous capacity for exploration, innovation, and creativity.
Although this book does not set out to dispense with the notion of Original Sin it makes a compelling case for a different starting point: our fundamental goodness rather than our flawed sinful condition. Just as the Book of Genesis declares all to be good in the eyes of God, why not begin with our human foundational creative urge as the basis for faith and spirituality?Diarmuid O’Murchu, priest, missioner, and social psychologist, is the author of many pioneering books that include Ancestral Grace, Adult Faith, In the Beginning Was the Spirit, God in the Midst of Change, Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate, and Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold (all Orbis). Based in Ireland, he conducts workshops and retreats throughout the world.