Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine
Chapter 47.--The Scriptures Repeatedly Teach Us that All Sin in One.
Still let him ply his question: |By what means may sin be discovered in an infant?| He may find an answer in the inspired pages: |By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for in him all sinned.| |Through the offence of one many are dead.| |The judgment was from one to condemnation.| |By one man's offence death reigned by one.| |By the offence of one, Judgment came upon all men to condemnation.| |By one man's disobedience many were made sinners.| Behold, then, |by what means sins may be discovered in an infant.| Let him now believe in original sin; let him permit infants to come to Christ, that they may be saved. [XXVIII.] What means this passage of his: |He sins not who is born; he sins not who begat him; He sins not who created him. Amidst these intrenchments of innocence, therefore, what are the breaches through which you pretend that sin entered?| Why does he search for a hidden chink when he has an open door? |By one man,| says the apostle; |through the offence of one,| says the apostle; |By one man's disobedience,| says the apostle. What does he want more? What does he require plainer? What does he expect to be more impressively repeated?