By Ian A. McFarland

This enticing and scholarly audiobook bargains refreshingly unique insights into the modern relevance of the Christian doctrine of unique sin - person who has encouraged fierce debate for the final millennia.

  • Challenges the various winning reviews concerning the Christian doctrine of unique sin, arguing that it isn't basically theological defensible, yet stimulating and effective for a lifetime of faith
  • Shows the way it is feasible to verify the universality of sin with no wasting sight of the distinctive ways that participants either perform and undergo the results of sinful behaviour
  • Balances ancient and modern feedback with unique theological arguments; combining the substance of a conventional Augustinian doctrine of sin with the pastoral and social matters of latest contextual theologies
  • Provides a intensity and variety of engagement with modern feedback of conventional doctrine that's missing in different contemporary remedies of the topic

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Eerdmans, 1995). , Alan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind: Education and the Crisis of Reason (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987), or William J. Bennett, The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family (New York: Broadway, 2003). Although Plantinga emphasizes that sin is properly defined in reference to God, the rhetorical force of his argument draws more on what he presumes is a shared dissatisfaction with the current state of Western society than on specific claims to divine revelation.

Bonhoeffer, Letter of 8 July 1944, p. 345. Needless to say, such popular perceptions are not always entirely fair or accurate. For example, while the Women’s Christian Temperance Union is often viewed as a particularly glaring example of Christian moral priggishness, in its early years it stood foursquare in the progressive vanguard, promoting women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, and pacifism; it was also one of the few Creation Gone Wrong: Thinking about Sin 6 7 8 9 10 23 nationally prominent organizations in the late nineteenth century to actively recruit African-American members.

26 Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, The Fall to Violence: Original Sin in Relational Theology (New York: Continuum, 1994). Though she works from within a process theism, Suchocki’s analysis of sin shares many crucial features with other works not committed to Whiteheadian metaphysical categories. , Ted Peters, Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1994). 27 Suchocki, Fall to Violence, pp. 130, 141. This parallel points to an even stronger point of convergence between the two authors that is characteristic of much contemporary theological reflection on sin: a preference for defining sin primarily in terms of harm inflicted against creatures (what Suchocki describes as “violation of creaturely well-being” and Plantinga as the “breaking of shalom”) rather than resistance to God.

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