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Bound to Sin

Paperback|Aug 2000
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This book discusses the Christian doctrine of sin in relation to sexual abuse of children and the Holocaust, allowing these pathological situations to illuminate and question our understanding of sin. Taking seriously the explanatory power of secular discourses for analyzing...


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This book discusses the Christian doctrine of sin in relation to sexual abuse of children and the Holocaust, allowing these pathological situations to illuminate and question our understanding of sin. Taking seriously the explanatory power of secular discourses for analyzing and regulating therapeutic action in relation to such situations, the book asks whether the theological language of sin can offer further illumination by speaking of God and the world together. The book is unusual in discussing the Holocaust in relation to Christian doctrine
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This book tests the explanatory and descriptive power of the doctrine of sin in relation to two concrete situations* sexual abuse of children and the holocaust. Taking seriously the explanatory power of secular discourses for analysing and regulating therapeutic action in relation to such situations, the book asks whether the theological language of sin can offer further illumination by speaking of God and the world together. Through its discussion of abuse and the holocaust, an engagement with Augustine, original sin and feminism, a fresh and sometimes surprising perspective is offered, both on the theology of sin and on the pathologies under consideration. The understanding of sin that emerges is centred on joyful worship of the trinitarian God. This essay is more systematic and more theological than most practical, pastoral or applied theology and more practical and concrete than most systematic or constructive theology. It is a genuinely concrete, systematic theology.
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Acknowledgments; Part I. Drawing into Conversation: 1. The loss of God: pragmatic atheism and the language of sin; 2. Speaking morally? The case of original sin; 3. Testing, testing: theology in concrete conversation; Part II. Concrete Pathologies: 4. Bound by silence: sexual abuse of children; 5. What was the problem? 'The Final Solution' and the binding of reason; Part III. Testing the Inheritance: 6. Willing; 7. Power and participation: feminist theologies of sin; 8. Augustine's will; 9. A question of standards: trinity, joy, worship and idolatry; 10. Concrete idolatries; Index of names; Index of subjects.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 177215
  • Product Code 0521438683
  • EAN 9780521438681
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Aug 2000
  • Sales Rank 32341
  • Dimensions 228 x 154 x 14mm
  • Weight 0.400kg

Alistair McFadyen

Dr Alistair McFadyen is Senior Lecturer, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds. Dr McFadyen's publications include Bound to Sin: Abuse, Holocaust and the Christian Doctrine of Sin; The Call to Personhood: A Christian Theory of the Individual in Social relationships; Forgiveness and Truth (co-edited with Marcel Sarot), and Seeking Humanity.

  • Acknowledgments; Part I. Drawing Into Conversation: 1. The Loss Of God: Pragmatic Atheism And The Language Of Sin; 2. Speaking Morally? The Case Of Original Sin; 3. Testing, Testing: Theology In Concrete Conversation; Part Ii. Concrete Pathologies: 4. Bound By Silence: Sexual Abuse Of Children; 5. What Was The Problem? 'the Final Solution' And The Binding Of Reason; Part Iii. Testing The Inheritance: 6. Willing; 7. Power And Participation: Feminist Theologies Of Sin; 8. Augustine's Will; 9. A Question Of Standards: Trinity, Joy, Worship And Idolatry; 10. Concrete Idolatries; Index Of Names; Index Of Subjects.

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