So aren’t we basically good? We wish.

Despite what we might desperately hope, the hard cold empirical facts confirm GK Chesterton’s claim that “original sin is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.” See here for the appalling evidence. But don’t be comforted by “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” Look around the world today and the evidence is in; sin is endemic to the human species. Remember Aleksandr Solzenhitsyn after suffering horrors and torture in the Gulag Archipelago:  “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” Truly, we need a saviour to save us from ourselves.

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