Recently, philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig responded to a question asked by a Muslim reader about the doctrine of original sin. The Muslim reader was obviously struggling to understand the doctrine. In the beginning of his response, Craig writes:
"...the doctrine that the sin of Adam is imputed to all men is far from universally held among Christians and so is not essential to Christianity. The doctrine is also weakly attested biblically, so that personally I remain quite open-minded about it. In short, you don’t have to accept this doctrine in order to become a Christian, so you shouldn’t let it be an obstacle for you."1
I encourage readers to checkout Craig's entire response here.
So, what do you think of Craig's response? Do you agree with him? Is the doctrine of original sin "not essential to Christianity?" Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to sound off in the comments below!
Courage and Godspeed,
1. William Lane Craig, Q and A: Original Sin, Oct. 22, 2017.
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