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Theology Of or relating to the period after the fall of Adam and Eve.

[post- + Latin lāpsus, fall; see lapse + -arian.]


1. occurring after a lapse or failure
2. (Bible) Bible occurring after or due to the fall of humankind as expounded in the Bible
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13) The way a child begins its life outside the womb typifies the miserable state of postlapsarian man: "From the very moment Adam fell, and was driven out of paradise," he says, "there have never been any days that weren't evil.
You will see too that he evokes the metaphor of the fall and suggests that poetry might help to make our postlapsarian lot tolerable:
To fail to do so is to deny the reality of the Fall and therefore, childishly or sinfully, to deny either what we are as humans or the nature of the postlapsarian nature we now inhabit.
They are a postlapsarian interpretation of MacIntyre's text, in that they seem unable to disavow moral knowledge.
Alithea is the only one who attempts to heal the wound that has opened up between the word and the thing, the sign and its substance, in this postlapsarian world.
The first of these (Dinah Morris's love story with Adam) follows the basic contours of a Victorian romance, and basically reaffirms the patriarchal and hierarchical order of the postlapsarian, or fallen, world.
Situating A Maske as a powerful critique of Puritan antitheatricalism, Ortiz brilliantly shows that Milton dramatizes the impossibility of rejecting postlapsarian modes of expression.
This soteriological aspect of the postlapsarian portion of Milton's epic may be somewhat obscure to modern readers who are estranged from, and perhaps out of sympathy with, the speech community of the Christian tradition" (53) but Hillier reassures the reader that Milton's message is one of hope for the Christian.
That good is going to be done to us arouses a natural suspicion and uneasiness in our postlapsarian breasts, a suspicion that the golden world the poets sing may give our brazen stomachs indigestion.
If such ambition framed Fischer as emblematic of the messier, punkier heroic excess of the precollapse 2000s, Tate curator Jessica Morgan's show offers a chance to reconsider it all with postlapsarian eyes.
In light of the Reformers' acceptance of the Augustinian principle that postlapsarian humans lack the capacity to control not just body but mind--to direct desire according to "quiet will" rather than "headlong lust"--such calls for erotic "modesty and comeliness" are inevitably futile.
Marlene is roused by a snake "curling and uncurling" (337) around her hand, a scene evocative of postlapsarian guilt.