In Adam's Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin - eBook
In Adam's Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin - eBook  -     By: Ian A. McFarland
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444351651
ISBN-13: 9781444351651
Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology

Publisher's Description

This engaging and scholarly book offers refreshingly originalinsights into the contemporary relevance of the Christian doctrineof original sin – one that has inspired fierce debate for thelast two millennia.
  • Challenges the many prevailing opinions about the Christiandoctrine of original sin, arguing that it is not only theologicaldefensible, but stimulating and productive for a life of faith
  • Shows how it is possible to affirm the universality of sinwithout losing sight of the distinct ways in which individuals bothparticipate in and suffer the consequences of sinful behavior
  • Balances historic and contemporary criticism with originaltheological arguments; combining the substance of a traditionalAugustinian doctrine of sin with the pastoral and social concernsof contemporary contextual theologies
  • Provides a depth and range of engagement with contemporarycriticism of traditional doctrine that is lacking in other recenttreatments of the topic

Author Bio

Ian A. McFarland is Associate Professor of SystematicTheology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.McFarland studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in NewYork, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and YaleUniversity. He is the author ofDifference and Identity: ATheological Anthropology (2001) and The Divine Image:Envisioning the Invisible God (2005).

Editorial Reviews

“Modest in length, but rich in substance … eventhose who demur from McFarland’s thesis will learn much froma work of competent theology which takes seriously and strives toprotect key components in Augustine’s understanding oforiginal sin.”  (Evangelical Quarterly, 2 April2012)

“Written from an ecumenical Reformed perspective heavilyindebted to Augustine and arguably Barth, the book’s strengthlies in its sophisticated argument in favor of Augustine’senduring relevance to ecclesial life generally and the doctrine oforiginal sin specifically, especially the illuminating discourse onwilling which paints a surprisingly complex view of the will inconcrete acts of sin.”  (Religious StudiesReview, 1 December 2011)

"Overall, In Adam's Fall is an engaging andhistorically-informed reflection on a difficult aspect of Christianteaching that stimulates constructive dialogue and furtherexamination." (Studies in Religion, 2012)

"Libraries that support advanced classes in theology will findthis a worthwhile addition. Recommended. Upper-level undergraduatesand above." (Choice, 1 May 2011)

"Engagingly written and infused with scholarly sophistication.In Adam's Fall offers refreshingly original insghts into thecontemporary relevance of a doctrine of Christian teaching that hasinspired fierce debate for over 1,500 years." (Zentrum fürAugustinus-Forschung, 2011)

"While unapologetically academic in style, I found this to bemost engagingly written and there are few academic books overrecent years that have brought me as much pleasure and provoked mythinking to such a degree." (Regent's Reviews, 1 April 2011)

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