What's Wrong With Sin
The 20th century witnessed a vast proliferation of conceptions of sin in Christian thought. One hallmark thereof has been an increased emphasis on the non-individualistic dimensions of human sin. It is suggested here that there have been two primary types...
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The 20th century witnessed a vast proliferation of conceptions of sin in Christian thought. One hallmark thereof has been an increased emphasis on the non-individualistic dimensions of human sin. It is suggested here that there have been two primary types of rejections of individualism in doctrines of sin in the last half-century, the "structural sin" type and the "relational self" type.
^^After an introduction to the current discussion on the doctrine of sin, two 19th century rejections of individualistic conceptions of sin are exposited and critiqued. Chapter 2 details Albrecht Ritschl's critique ("structural sin") of F.D.E. Schleiermacher on sin, and Chapter 3 examines John Nevin's critique ("relational self") of Charles Finney's view of sin as violation of the moral government. These two chapters provide a map for reading 20th century doctrines of social sin, contained in the rest of the book. Chapter 4 tracks the development of Latin American liberation theologies of sin, including extensive analyses of Gutierrez, Segundo, Boff. Chapter 5 is an analysis of feminist and womanist writings on sin, including in-depth treatments of Suchocki, Ruether.
^^Criticisms of these thinkers are categorized according to both the structural sin and relational self types. Finally, Chapter 6 offers an analysis of selected developments in doctrines of sin from Asian Christian theologians, especially Korean Minjung theology as a further exemplification of the structural sin type.
The book concludes with recommendations drawn from the preceding analyses for further understanding of the social dimensions of sin: the need for clarifying the agential status of a "social structure;" the moral culpability of a relational self; and a call to integrate the structural sin and relational self types into a future doctrine of social sin.
A textbook on the development of the doctrine of sin, explaining the shift from an individual to a social understanding since the early 19th century. >
Derek R. Nelson (Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union)is Associate Professor of Religion and Co-Director of the Thiel Global Institute, Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania. He has authored What's Wrong with Sin: Sin in Individual and Social Perspective from Schleiermacher to Theologies of Liberation (T & T Clark, 2009) and Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed (T & T Clark, 2011)
- Chapter I: Introduction; Part I: Nineteenth Century Typology; Chapter Ii: Ritschl's Critique Of Schleiermacher On Individual Sin; Chapter Iii: Finney And Nevin On Individual And Social Sin; Part Ii: Twentieth Century Application; Chapter Iv: Individual And Social Sin In Selected Latin American Theologies; Chapter V: Individual And Social Sin In Selected Feminist Theologies; Chapter Vi: Individual And Social Sin In Selected Asian Theologies; Chapter Vii: Conclusion.