Original Sin



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.Perhaps no Christian doctrine is controversial perhaps none is consequential Blaise Pascal claimed that but for this mystery, the most incomprehensible of all, we remain incomprehensible to ourselves Chesterton affirmed it as the only provable Christian doctrine Modern scholars assail the idea as baleful and pernicious But whether or not we believe in original sin, the idea has shaped our most fundamental institutions our political structures, how we teach and raise our young, and, perhaps most pervasively of all, how we understand ourselves In Original Sin, Alan Jacobs takes readers on a sweeping tour of the idea of original sin, its origins, its history, and its proponents and opponents And he leaves us better prepared to answer one of the most important questions of all Are we really, all of us, bad to the bone Best Download [ Original Sin ] Author [ Alan Jacobs ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – tiffanydaniels.co.ukOriginal Sin

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Original Sin
  • Alan Jacobs
  • English
  • 11 November 2017
  • 0060783400

10 thoughts on “Original Sin

  1. says:

    Three guys lay sun blistered on the shore of a desert island Something shiny washes up and one of the guys notices it glinting in the waves He rubs the sand from it and out bursts a genie, to much sensory fanfare As reward for releasing me from centuries of captivity, I grant each of you a wish, booms the genie but the genie probably communicates this in their heads, telepathic like, because I don t think anyone or anything, magical or otherwise, that has been isolated from humanity for cen Three guys lay sun blistered on the shore of a desert island Something shiny washes up and one of th...

  2. says:

    In the introduction, Jacob notes that of all religious beliefs, none provokescriticism and repulsion than the doctrine of original sin Original sin is irreparable, irreversible, and unpredictable x xi It is the belief that every human being is born with sin already in them That we all inherit sin, and are culpable The history of original sin is a history of resistance to it So why, over the centuries, have so many stubbornly believed it Well, as Chesterton noted, original sin has e In the introduction, Jacob notes that of all religious beliefs, none provokescriticism and repulsion than the doctrine of original sin Original sin is irrepa...

  3. says:

    I would call this pop theology, not cultural history Still, it is engaging and persuasive pop theology The Western imagination, as Jacobs illustrates, has been preoccupied for millennia with the suspicion that we humans have somehow inherited a condition of pervasive moral corruption Christian theologians are only one part of this tradition The theologians uniqueness, Jacobs i...

  4. says:

    Enjoyed Alan s episodic tour of original sin if that s actually allowed His readable and oft insightful work wanders among various players who have pondered this great question of humanity s flawed moral character or at least it wandered with me while I bounced between Moscow, Nashville, Cookeville, Chattanooga and back again last week I found his treatment of Rousseau and the radical romantics, who keep hoping against irrational hope that we are essentially innocent from birth, particul Enjoyed Alan s episodic tour of original sin if that s actually allowed His readable and oft insightful work wanders among various players who have pondered this great question of humanity s flawed moral character or at least it wandered with me while I bounced between Moscow, Nashville, Cookeville, Chattanooga and back again last week I found his tr...

  5. says:

    Alan Jacobs is one of the most erudite, yet accessible, Christian scholars writing at the moment This enormously enjoyable cultural and intellectual history tracing Augustine s emphasis on original sin reveals a wealth and breadth of knowledge and insight The central thesis is a probing examination of why humans seem to struggle with such an innate desire to do evil, even though thinkers throughout history have urgently sought t...

  6. says:

    Really excellent This has been on my shelves for years, and I don t know why i haven t read it sooner Jacobs is very widely read, but not at the cost of depth.

  7. says:

    Excellent As usual, Jacobs has what Douglas Wilson calls copiousness He displays depth and breadth of insight into the history of this deeply offensive idea that we all unavoidably inherit moral evil ...

  8. says:

    Read on Kindle, started about two years ago, finished on a plane I had forgotten most everything that went on in the first half when I picked it up again, but the book was impressive enough to hook me again Jacobs writes with a scholarly but friendly voice that is immediately appealing The resources he has mars...

  9. says:

    In this historical cultural survey, Jacobs maintains incredible expansiveness, clarity, grasp, and charity.

  10. says:

    From Saint Augustine to Hellboy, from Chesterton to Rebecca West and Steven Pinker, Alan Jacobs well written and intelligent Original Sin is a examination of the history of a doctrine The writing is intentionally light hearted, as Jacobs believes that the doctrine s true effect is the realization that our selves are all equally absurd It is important to point out, firstly, what the book is not about The doctrine of original sin is not concerned with the supposed original sin, the sin of Adam From Saint Augustine to Hellboy, from Chesterton to Rebecca West and Steven Pinker, Alan Jacobs well written and intelligent Original Sin is a examination of the history of a doctrine The writing is intentionally light hearted, as Jacobs believes that the doctrine s true effect is the realization that our s...

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