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Sin and EvilMoral Values in Literature$
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Ronald Paulson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120141

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120141.001.0001

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The Original Evil and the Original Sin

The Original Evil and the Original Sin

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(p.253) Chapter Seven The Original Evil and the Original Sin
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Sin and Evil
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Ronald Paulson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300120141.003.0007

This chapter illustrates the problem posed by hell that remained an issue during the Enlightenment. It was a place where sin was punished with evils, and the evils were imposed by sinners whose punishment included imposing these evils. Post-Reformation hell posed a second problem: punishment that was essentially sinless, or that rested only on the Original Sin. When everyone sinned, there was no sin-directed punishment in hell. Hell was essentially punishment, imposed on those designated sinners who had been denied grace. It was not, however, merely the absence of God; it was vividly burning forever in a fiery furnace. This is, however, not the hell described by the Church of England, who believed in a hell that is more along the lines of Dante's Purgatory, but a Calvinist hell. The Calvinist version of hell survived into the modern period.

Keywords:   hell, the Enlightenment, sinners, Post-Reformation hell, punishment, Calvinist hell

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