A Severe Case of Spiritual Scoliosis

Picking up on a phrase from Augustine, the Protestant Reformers said that as fallen sinners we are all “curved in on ourselves.”  Born with a severe case of spiritual scoliosis, our spines are twisted so that all we can see are our own immediate felt needs, desires, wants and momentary gratifications  But the gospel makes us stand erect , looking up to God in faith and out to the word and our neighbors in love and service.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 20

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  1. There is an brief but informative page on Wikipedia that documents this. “Incurvatus in se”, on Wikipedi at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incurvatus_in_se [accessed 22 AUG 2013].

    Perhaps the best overall source on this subject is cited in this article:

    Matt Jensen, The Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther and Barth on ‘homo incurvatus in se’ (New York: T&T Clark, 2006); on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gravity-Sin-Augustine-Luther-incurvatus/dp/0567031381/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377175540&sr=1-2 [accessed 22 AUG 2013].

    Also cited:

    Mark Johnston, Saving God: Religion after Idolatry (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009), pg. 88, s.v. Homo incurvatus in se in Ch. 6: Why God?

    The following post contains some documentation from Luther’s Works on this subject including two citations:

    Jim West, “Incurvatus in se” (22 JAN 2010), on Zwinglius Redivivus at http://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/incurvatus-in-se/ [accessed 22 AUG 2013],

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