The concept of sin has become unfashionable. In a society which claims to be psychologically sophisticated, explanations for human behaviour tend to diminish human responsibility. In the age of Myra Hindley, Dennis Nielsen and the murder of Jamie Bulger, these issues are urgent by any reckoning. In this sane, wise and througoughly modern book, Hugh Connolly argues for a renewed sense of sin. He examines our understanding of sin, going back to the pre-Christian era and rescues what is best from the past. He restates this in terms which modern, thoughtful people will respond to. Along the way, he tackles St. Augustine, Martin Luther, and Calvin but also looks at examples from literature, philosophy and contemporary culture. The biblical tradition is also examined with great care.
Connolly investigates the realities of sin through reflection on different biblical and literary texts. Writers as varied as Sophocles, Graham Greene, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Irvine Welsh help illuminate different models of sin. Physical evil, law and morality, alienation and existence, power and money, spiritual love and failure are some of the ever-compelling themes that are scrutinized. In Dostoevsky's novels, sin is the rejection of life and love and a refusal to commit oneself to destiny. This book rediscovers a truly relational understanding of sin and moves toward a more adult conception of the mystery of sin and forgiveness.
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