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Sin is Ignorance - Socratic definition of sin Sin is ignorance This is well known Socratic definition of sin which like everthing Socratic is an opinion always worthy of attention The difficulty with the Socratic definition is that it leaves undetermined how ignorance itself is to be more precisely understood the question of its origin ect That is to say even if sin be ignoranceor what Christianity would perhaps prefer to call stupidity which in one sense cannot be denied we have to ask is this an original ignorance it is always the case that one has not known and hitherto could not know anything about the truth or is it a superinduced a subsequent ignorance If it is the last question implies then sin must have its grond in the activity with which a man has labored to odsecure his intelligence But also when this assumed the stiff-necked and tough-lived difficulty returns promoting the question whether at the instant a man began to obsecure his intelligence he was distinctly conscious of what he is doing If he was not distinctly of this then his intelligence was already somewhat obsecured before he began and the question merely returns again If it is assumed on the contrary that when he began to obsecure his intelligence he was distinctly conscious of it then sin even though it be unconsciousness seeing that this was an induced state would not lie in the intelligence but in the will and the question which must be raised is about the relation of he intelligence and the will to one another With such questions as these and one might continue to augment them for a many a day the Socratic definition does not deal Socrates therefore never really gets to the determinant we know as sin which is surely a defect in a definition of sin Why is this For if sin is indeed ignorance then sin properly
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