A Guide for the PerplexedeBook - 2011
Christianity concerns itself with salvation. But salvation implies something from which one must be saved, as reconciliation implies an estrangement and redemption a loss. The classical theological symbol naming the problem to which salvation is the solution is sin.€Interpreting the meaning of sin, however, has become difficult for two reasons: sin has become a taboo subject in popular discourse, and has acquired an extremely broad meaning in recent theology.€ €Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed is intended as a mid-level, comprehensive introduction to the notion of sin and its significance for Christian theology.€Nelson situates and interprets biblical material on sin, and then offers a lucid history of the doctrine.€He elucidates Augustines conception of original sin and defends it against its many caricatures.€Special attention is paid to sin as an ordinary, yet highly interruptive, phenomenon in the lives of individuals.€This is supplemented by a careful look at the non-individualistic dimensions of sin, and an appreciation of how sin relates to other key theological commitments.
Publisher: T & T Clark International 2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (176)