Fission theories of Original Guilt

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One reading of the Doctrine of Original Sin has it that we are guilty of a sin committed by Adam, thousands of years ago. Fission theorists account for this by saying that Adam fissioned after he sinned and that each of us is one of his ‘fission successors’. This paper recaps the current discussion in the literature about this theory, arguing that the proposed version does not work for reasons already raised by Rea and Hudson. I then introduce a new version of fission theory that avoids the Rea-Hudson objection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-30
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jan 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jan 2022

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  • Original Sin
  • Original Guilt
  • Temporal parts
  • Perdurantism
  • Fission
  • Miracles


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