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

ISBN-10: 0521438683
ISBN-13: 9780521438681
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

McFadyen is Lecturer, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds.

Acknowledgments
Drawing into Conversation
The loss of God: pragmatic atheism and the language of sin
Speaking morally? The case of original sin
Testing, testing: theology in concrete conversation
Concrete Pathologies
Bound by silence: sexual abuse of children
What was the problem? 'The Final Solution' and the binding of reason
Testing the Inheritence
Willing
Power and participation: feminist theologies of sin
Augustine's will
A question of standards: trinity, joy, worship and idolatry
Concrete idolatries
Index of names
Index of subjects

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