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The Biology of Sin

Matthew Stanford
The Biology of Sin
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The Biology of Sin

Matthew Stanford

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There are heated discussions happening on the conflict between science and faith. This disagreement tends to focus around three main issues, one of them being what causes our sinful behavior. The intense conflict has to do with biblically defined sinful behaviors and if there just might be a biological predisposition for these behaviors. The Biology of Sin speaks to this debate and hopefully brings some resolution to the conflict. As both a Christian and a neuroscientist, Dr. Stanford has seen scientific knowledge distorted to justify sinful behavior and perhaps more disturbingly, he has seen Christians misuse Scripture to demonize and alienate the very ones they should be reaching out to. He suggests that the underlying cause of this problem in the church is a lack of knowledge, both of basic brain function and scriptural teaching. The Biology of Sin discusses sinful behaviors, including adultery, rage, addiction, and homosexuality, asking of each: What does science say, and what does the Bible say about this behavior? He then attempts to reconcile the fact that biological predispositions do play a role in behavior which the Bible defines as sinful while always emphasizing the authority of God's Holy Word and the abundant grace he has for those struggling with habitual sin.

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There are heated discussions happening on the conflict between science and faith. This disagreement tends to focus around three main issues, one of them being what causes our sinful behavior. The intense conflict has to do with biblically defined sinful behaviors and if there just might be a biological predisposition for these behaviors. The Biology of Sin speaks to this debate and hopefully brings some resolution to the conflict. As both a Christian and a neuroscientist, Dr. Stanford has seen scientific knowledge distorted to justify sinful behavior and perhaps more disturbingly, he has seen Christians misuse Scripture to demonize and alienate the very ones they should be reaching out to. He suggests that the underlying cause of this problem in the church is a lack of knowledge, both of basic brain function and scriptural teaching. The Biology of Sin discusses sinful behaviors, including adultery, rage, addiction, and homosexuality, asking of each: What does science say, and what does the Bible say about this behavior? He then attempts to reconcile the fact that biological predispositions do play a role in behavior which the Bible defines as sinful while always emphasizing the authority of God's Holy Word and the abundant grace he has for those struggling with habitual sin.
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Meet the Author

Matthew Stanford

Matthew S. Stanford (Ph.D., Neuroscience Baylor University, Waco, TX) is Professor at Baylor University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He is the author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness and The Biology of Sin: Grace, Hope and Healing for those who feel trapped and numerous articles on 1. Clinical assessment and treatment of aggressive behavior. 2. Definition and assessment of the personality construct impulsivity. 3. Neurodiagnostic efficacy of event-related potentials.
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Table Of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Crouching At The Door
  • Chapter 2. Alive For The First Time
  • Chapter 3. Rage
  • Chapter 4. Lust And Adultery
  • Chapter 5. Lying And Stealing
  • Chapter 6. Addiction
  • Chapter 7. Homosexuality
  • Chapter 8. Broken Lives
  • Chapter 9. Biology Is Not Destiny
  • Appendix. Counseling And Ministry Resources
  • Notes

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  • Catalogue Code 350031
  • Product Code 9780830856138
  • ISBN 0830856137
  • EAN 9780830856138
  • Pages 166
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Biblica Publishing
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Sales Rank #14730
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.295kg

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