Stanley Cavell's relation to theology is by no means settled nor is, more generally, his relation to religion. The noted American philosopher's own remarks on these topics are notoriously ambiguous and the commentary literature offers no univocal answer. Taking my cue from Cavell's own suggestions, I argue that there is indeed a fruitful way of positively understanding his relation to religion that proves generative for theology as well. Cavell's highly original understanding of the link between finitude and what he calls scepticism sheds light on the dynamics inherent in the Christian doctrine of original sin.