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Re: Sin

Two reactions:

1 Maybe Obama (a) believes in divine-command theory and (b) associates himself with the divinity?

2 More charitably: Perhaps he meant that he knows he has sinned when he does something he knows is wrong. That’s a reasonable statement. If you put to Obama the question, “do you believe it is possible to commit a sin without being consciously aware of committing a sin?” I suspect he would give the orthodox answer (yes).

I don’t think he should have to go into detail about his views on these matters, by the way.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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