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Bound to Sin

Bound to Sin
Abuse, Holocaust and the Christian Doctrine of Sin


Part of Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438681

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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.

    • Discusses doctrine in relation to practical situations (abuse and the holocaust)
    • Offers an alternative understanding of sin
    • Faces squarely the challenge of secular culture to Christian faith and theology in the modern world
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    'An important contemporary contribution to a debate which Christians ignore at their peril.' Expository Times

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    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438681
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.483kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Alistair McFadyen, University of Leeds

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