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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 4: D is for Damned
Up until the modern era, in the Christian world babies were viewed as the bearers of “original sin”—hence the rush to baptize them soon after birth. Like others of his time, St. Augustine (354-430), saw babies as innately ungodly. “The innocence of children, is in the helplessness of their bodies, rather than any quality of soul,” he writes. The infant’s animal spirit was a dangerous thing, according to St. Augustine: “Who does not know of the ignorance of the truth (manifest in babies), of the excess of vain desire (apparent in children), man enters this life? If he is allowed to live as he wishes … he will fall into all kinds of crime and atrocities.”