Medieval Effects of Sin

During the Middle Ages, insufficient attention was given, in general, to the problem of sin as it relates to our reasoning process.... Because the effects of sin were thought to be less extensive in their application to us (as compared with Reformation thought), in that sin was not seen as radically affecting our reasoning, there was an improper view of the faculty of reason, especially with respect to reason’s ability to understand and discern God’s revelation and his existence.

 


Unsustainable Unbelief

Unbelief cannot sustain itself; it is unable to make sense of the facts, many of which are the most obvious facts of the world; it assumes, rather than shows, that there is no God, that the world is not created by him, that his character is not obvious in creation, and so on. Then it proceeds to argue its case not by attempting to support those assumptions, but simply by assuming them and then arguing as if the assumptions themselves are, or must be, universal if one is to be “rational.”

 


God in our Image

Everyone thinks that God is really quite like them. That's why we are more tolerate of our own sins than we are of other people's. By and large we think God understands our sins in a way that He doens't understand the sins of other people because he's not quite as like them as he is like us.