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Original Sin A Cultural History

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ISBN-10: 0060783400

ISBN-13: 9780060783402

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alan Jacobs

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Essayist and biographer Alan Jacobs introduces us to the world of original sin, which he describes as not only a profound idea but a necessary one. As G. K. Chesterton explains, "Only with original sin can we at once pity the beggar and distrust the king." Do we arrive in this world predisposed to evil? St. Augustine passionately argued that we do; his opponents thought the notion was an insult to a good God. Ever since Augustine, the church has taught the doctrine of original sin, which is the idea that we are not born innocent, but as babes we are corrupt, guilty, and worthy of condemnation. Thus started a debate that has raged for centuries and done much to shape Western civilization.…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
Six Stories
The African Bishop
Some Dreadful Thing No Doubt
The Feast of All Souls
A Few Words About the Devil
The Wicked, but Not Very
More Hateful than Vipers
New Worlds
The Confraternity of the Human Type
The Two-Headed Calf
In the Genes
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Bibliographical Essay