Nobel Prize Winner Says Original Sin Is Scientifically Accurate

03.07.11 |

 A Nobel Prize winner has a new spin on original sin-- he says though he's not a Christian, he sees scientific evidence that sin exists. He warned last week that it may lead to humanity's extinction.
    Biochemist Christian De Duve, a professor emeritus at New York City's Rockefeller University, and winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicene, said the essential problem is selfishness. He said, quote "the cost of our success is the exhaustion of natural resources, leading to energy crises, climate change, pollution and the destruction of our habitat. If we continue in the same direction, humankind is headed for some frightful ordeals, if not extinction." De Duve has written a book, "Genetics of Original Sin," in which he explains how he sees the intersection of his theories with the Bible. He said the writers of Genesis detected the selfishness of human nature-- but then, his his words, "invented the myth of original sin to account for it."