John M. Rector


Sin is an inevitable reality of mortal experience and respresents a paradox: although sin should always be shunned, it nonetheless plays a necessary part in our spiritual growth and progress. This paper explores the nature of paradox, the relationship between good and evil, and the ways in which the reality of sin can ultimately be used for human learning, development, and evolution. Innocence and purity are virtues, but the humility and suffering which accompany sin can open the way, through the atonement of Christ, to far greater virtues: compassion, charity, tolerance, and understanding.