What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.
I am no newcomer to the Christian faith. But somehow, in the process of church, youth camps, Bible courses and extensive reading of Scripture, the Church Fathers never made it into the conversation.
As economic crisis threatens severe cutbacks to social services for the needy, we would do well to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by emulating his advocacy of the poor in our personal and political actions.