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From one of the blogger's recent reflections.
One of the saddest things about modern times is that the vast majority of people damn their souls to Hell without ever even really enjoying their mortal sins.... And this, I think, is the slow, gradual, indirect and unintended effect of the idea that occurred to Luther on a latrine about 510 years ago. The idea of total depravity at the root of his entire theology proposes that sin is the inescapable state of human existence. And considered as such, it ceases to be dramatic. Luther may have sinned but he never sinned boldly, at least not by goliardic standards. To defy God, knowing and believing that the result is eternal torment and that faith alone will not save - that is to sin boldly.