This question is crucially related to both the image of God in humanity and also the work of Christ. Calvin held that it was impossible for anyone to choose the good as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve. Stemming from that first sin, all carry the stain of original sin and are incapable of pleasing God even from the first moment of life. No part of our humanity has escaped this sin, according to Calvin, to include even our minds and ability to think. Thus the work of Christ and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit are crucial to allow the regenerate to be able to choose good.
If there was no literal fall, however, it seems impossible to suggest all people were somehow stained by sin. If the human family tree is full of “convergences and divergences” as different hom...
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