“The Christian Conception of Sin” by Reinhold Niebuhr

“The vice of all mythical religion is that its interpreters try to reduce its supra-history to actual history. Thus, the myth of creation is constructed into an actual history of origins when it is really a description of the quality of existence. The myth of the Fall is made into an account of the origin of evil, when it is really a description of its nature.”

-From “The Christian Conception of Sin” in “An Interpretation of Christian Ethics” by Reinhold Niebuhr (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935), 90.

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