There’s no such thing as an original sin.
Posted: Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at
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Sure there is: It’s my favorite song.
Hard to believe Tex Guinan didn’t come up with that.
Stealing an apple?
If you have to sin, you might as well be original.
If one accepts that there is sin then surely each and every sin must have been original once.
I’m sure the Pope disagrees with Elvis on this one. I’m sticking with Elvis.
A little context?
I know what you’re doin’.
I know where you’ve been.
I know where, but I don’t care,
‘Cause there’s no such thing as an original sin.
Yes, and that’s the whole point.
Theologically, of course, that’s not what ‘original’ means. But Tom Lehrer provided a richer context in ‘Vatican Rag’ (while also misuing the adjective):
Get in line in that processional
Step into that small confessional
There a cat who’s got religion’ll
Tell you if your sin’s original:
If it’s not, then play it safer,
Drink the wine and chew the wafer:
2 – 4 – 6 – 8
Time to transubstantiate!
My sins are so unoriginal
I have all the self loathing of a wolf in sheep’s clothing
In this carnival of carnivores
Heaven help me
—Billy Bragg, “Accident Waiting to Happen”
Of course, it’s clear that Bragg messed up what he intended to say: “sheep in *wolf’s* clothing.”
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