In Adam's Fall: A Meditation on the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin (Challenges in Contemporary Theology)
By: Ian A. McFarland (author)Hardback
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This engaging and scholarly book offers refreshingly original insights into the contemporary relevance of the Christian doctrine of original sin - one that has inspired fierce debate for the last two millennia. * Challenges the many prevailing opinions about the Christian doctrine of original sin, arguing that it is not only theological defensible, but stimulating and productive for a life of faith * Shows how it is possible to affirm the universality of sin without losing sight of the distinct ways in which individuals both participate in and suffer the consequences of sinful behavior * Balances historic and contemporary criticism with original theological arguments; combining the substance of a traditional Augustinian doctrine of sin with the pastoral and social concerns of contemporary contextual theologies * Provides a depth and range of engagement with contemporary criticism of traditional doctrine that is lacking in other recent treatments of the topic
Ian A. McFarland is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. McFarland studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Yale University. He is the author of Difference and Identity: A Theological Anthropology (2001) and The Divine Image: Envisioning the Invisible God (2005).
Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Setting the Stage: The Problem of Original Sin:. 1. Creation Gone Wrong: Thinking about Sin. A Doctrine Grown Strange. Biblical Configurations of Sin. Contemporary Attempts to Reclaim Sin-Talk. Original Sin and Actual Sin. 2. Original Sin as Christian Doctrine: Origins, Permutations, Problems. The Emergence of the Doctrine. The Augustinian Turn. Augustinian Revisions. Assessment. Part II: Reconfiguring the Debate: Sin, Nature, and the Will:. 3. Augustine of Hippo: Willing and the Ambiguity of Desire. Augustine's Views in Outline. Concupiscence: Humanity Internally Divided. The Fall: Humanity Temporally Divided. Assessing Augustine's Doctrine of the Will . 4. Maximus the Confessor: Willing Is Not Choosing. Maximus' Christology in Context. Dyothelite Christology in Outline. Maximus' Analysis of the Will. Maximus' Interpretation of Christ's Willing. Anthropological Implications. Conclusion. 5. The Status of Christ's Will: Fallen or Unfallen?. The Question in the Tradition. Preliminary Assessment. The Problem of Christ's Will. Theological Implications. Part III: Reconstructing the Doctrine: Original Sin in Christian Practice:. 6. Original Sin and Human Nature: Solidarity in Sin. Original Sin and the Damaged Will. The Problem of the Origin of Original Sin. Reconceiving the Ontology of Original Sin. 7. Original Sin and the Individual: Being a Sinner. The Scope of Sin. Sin and Agency. From Actual Sin to Original Sin. 8. Original Sin and the Christian Life: Confronting Sin. From Original Sin to Actual Sin. Original Sin as Unbelief. Vocation and the Defeat of Sin. Conclusion. References. Index.
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