Noetic effects of sin

The noetic effects of sin are the ways that sin negatively affects and undermines the human mind and intellect. Moroney^ [1]^ argues that sin's noetic effects are most prominent in our knowledge of God (our "sense of divinity") and less prominent in other domains.

"The Fall brought about the perversion of human faculties, but it did not destroy those faculties. Human reasoning abilities are affected but not eliminated. This can be seen in the fact that the writers of Scripture often appeal to the minds of unbelievers by citing evidence on behalf of their claims, using logical inferences in building their case and speaking in the language and thought forms of those outside the faith." (J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian worldview, ch. 1)


Abraham Kuyper

See also



  1. ? Stephen K. Moroney, The Noetic Effects of Sin: A Historical and Contemporary Exploration of How Sin Affects Our Thinking, Lexington Books, 2000