April 29, 2010


Christianity did not invent the notion of sin, but that of forgiveness.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 179


  1. Cf. Notas, p. 449:

    "Christianity did not invent the idea of sin, but that of forgiveness."

  2. Also worth adding here is the following comment from Notas, which directly follows the one above:

    "What is monstrous about Christianity is not what it demands from man, nor what it denies to human nature, nor even the submission to which it reduces the intelligence, but the marvelous extravagance of its promises.
    "Christianity is the most boundless optimism known by man."

  3. The original Spanish is:

    El cristianismo no inventó la noción de pecado, sino la del perdón.