They can’t talk about it enough. Preachers shout about it when they are short on sermon material, bloggers like the one below fill screens with it and folks in the pews worry about it.
That humans are born sinners is unique to Christianity. The idea is brilliant because the only way one can fix this problem is to join the club.
One of the greatest insights into the “American mind” was provided by the late, Eric Hoffer. Hoffer was an illiterate longshoreman until he taught himself to read and write. Then he began putting his observations about people down on paper. His books were used in college Sociology courses.
He told of an experience in the 1930′s depression. He was standing on a street in San Francisco when a truck with a guy on a bull horn came along. Men were invited to get on the truck and make some money.
Hoffer got on board and they went into the mountains. I’ve forgotten the task, maybe it was clearing timber, but they found no one was in charge. They got off the truck and looked at each other. It was amazing, he wrote, that in a short period of time they organized themselves into a crew and proceeded to do the job.
Hoffer concluded man is basically good, capable and reasonable. If he is right, and there is no reason to believe he is not, the whole of Christianity is bankrupt.
Like Hoffer, I think humans are born good.