This. Is. Original sin.

07 Mar

Rod Dreher in “The Metaphysics of a Sprint Ad“:

“consider well that this 30-second ad almost certainly catechizes more effectively than a priest or pastor who has the attention of people for only a few minutes each week, or a parent who is simply going along to get along.”

…Whether you realize it or not, this ad is a big, aggressive shove. If you’re not prepared to shove back, you and your kids are going to get flattened. This ad is the purest expression of the philosophy embedded in our contemporary pop culture, and it is a powerful catechetic. This is what we’re up against.”

If I’d seen this commercial two months ago, it would have led in my series: A Lutheran Anthropology for non-LutheransPart I.  Part II.  Part III.


Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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7 responses to “This. Is. Original sin.

  1. John Bugay

    March 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Nathan, I’m pretty sure you are referring to the line “I have the right to be unlimited.” I think Lutherans and Reformed have a different understanding of “image of God”. At one level, I might even look at that like as a Providence of God, in that we do (even the writers of this commercial) have some memory of that for which we have been created (i.e. To be “glorified”, Romans 8:30).

  2. infanttheology

    March 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm


    That’s an echo of reality alright, but its not a right….


    • John Bugay

      March 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Not just an echo, but a Providential memory of, not a right to be sure, but again, “to that which we have been called”. So this ad is not just a sign of original sin, which, as you say, “we are up against”, but also its own opportunity, to say to folks, what Paul says in Romans 1 (and evidence of it too) that we do know God innately — even the worst of sinners know him — even the in the midst of the curse, God gives a blessing (however it is being misused).

  3. infanttheology

    March 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm


    There is truth in what you say to be sure. Let me reflect more before I say anything else.


  4. infanttheology

    March 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm


    Heading, out but how about this:

    Dreher “Everything is about liberation of the self through freedom of choice.”

    Not only that, but we can be reduced to material-spiritual technologies that through our own free powers use our technology to conquer and transcend the cosmos, realizing our godhood. Just like I said in my blog posts…..


  5. Vincent

    March 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Hey Nate I dont know if you have seen my comment back on CTC, but I would like to dialogue with you via email. My email is

  6. Vincent

    March 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Hello Nathan, my name is Vincent and I am interested in dialoguing with you via email about Luthernism and Catholicism (I am neither). My email is What is your email?


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