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Jews and Original Sin

A Jewish reader notes that I stole a theological base by saying theology is on my side when I say that we are all born in sin. Jews do not believe in the doctrine of original sin, he notes. And he’s right. We don’t. Click here for the rundown on this point. But Jews do believe that man is born fallible and, in effect, flawed. Jews also believe that good conduct requires understanding God’s will and that only comes through instruction and education. That’s all I meant. But since I was the one who raised theology, I should have been more precise in my terminology.

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