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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine

  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511037375

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About the Authors
  • This book discusses the Christian doctrine of sin in relation to sexual abuse of children and the Holocaust, allowing these pathological situations to illuminate and question our understanding of sin. Taking seriously the explanatory power of secular discourses for analyzing 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. The book is unusual in discussing the Holocaust in relation to Christian doctrine.

    • 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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    "The profound questions broached in Bound to Sin make it an important addition to the growing theological literature on sin and responsibility." Interpretation

    "This book offers an excellent analysis of Augustine's doctrine of the will. It also provides a surprisingly fresh and appreciative overview of feminist literature as it relates to the topic of sin." Thomas E. Breidenthal, Anglican Theological Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511037375
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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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