The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 1

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SECTION I: That a Man is the Image of God after the Soul and not after the Body; and how he is restored and reformed thereto that was misshapen by Sin
SECTION II: That Jews and Pagans and also false Christians are not reformed effectually through the virtue of the Passion through their own Faults

These are chapters 1 to 3 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
This chapitle scheweth that a man is seid the image of God aftir the soule and not aftir the bodi.
Hou it nedide to mankynde that oonli thorugh the passioun of oure Lord it schulde be restorid and reformed that was forsaken bi the first synne.
That Jewes and paynymes and also fals Cristene men are not reformed effectuali thorugh vertu of this passioun for here owen defaute.

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But, isnt the idea of sin itself representative of one particular mode of thinking at one particular stage in time at a particular stage of development, and says more about the particular mode than it does the actual world? How can we prevent ourselves from merely abstracting absolutes from our contingent, historical everyday experience? It seems that the end of social change would encourage one to dismiss cathartic, ritualistic values and adopt a more empirically base d approach to understanding human behavior. it just makes more sense, when you get down to it.