Sin as “Incurvatus in se”

Wow, I am truly learning a lot as I write my essay. This is the third short post inspired by what I have learnt as I do my research.

In my paper, I write about as humanity made in the image of triune God, we outflow love to others as those receive love from God. It is an outward living rather than an inward living.

Little did I know, many years ago, Luther, based on Augustine’s teaching, suggests sin as “Incurvarus in se”. While Augustine suggests that our primary sin is pride and a misplaced love, that is, self-love, Luther expands on these ideas that sin is actually “humanity curved inward on itself”, making human live inward as a solitary being instead of communal beings. What a great insight.

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