Of the Causes of Sin, in Particular

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Of the Causes of Sin, in Particular

We must now consider the causes of sin, in particular, and

  1. The internal causes of sin;
  2. its external causes; and
  3. sins which are the causes of other sins. In view of what has been said above
1, the first consideration will be threefold: so that in the first place we shall treat of ignorance, which is the cause of sin on the part of reason; secondly, of weakness or passion, which is the cause of sin on the part of the sensitive appetite; thirdly, of malice, which is the cause of sin on the part of the will.Under the first head, there are four points of inquiry:
  1. Whether ignorance is a cause of sin?
  2. Whether ignorance is a sin?
  3. Whether it excuses from sin altogether?
  4. Whether it diminishes sin?


  1. A[2]