Logos Bible Software
Sign In
Products>Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed

Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed

, 2011
ISBN: 9780567318176
Enhanced for Logos
Logos Editions are fully connected to your library and Bible study tools.



Christianity concerns itself with salvation. But salvation implies something from which one must be saved, just as reconciliation implies an estrangement and redemption a loss. The classical theological term for the problem to which salvation is the solution is “sin.” Interpreting the meaning of sin, however, has become difficult for two reasons: sin has become a taboo subject in popular discourse and has acquired an extremely broad meaning in recent theology. Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed is intended as a mid-level, comprehensive introduction to the notion of sin and its significance for Christian theology. Nelson situates and interprets biblical material on sin, and then offers a lucid history of the doctrine. He elucidates Augustine’s conception of original sin and defends it against its many caricatures. Special attention is paid to sin as an ordinary, yet highly interruptive, phenomenon in the lives of individuals. This is supplemented by a careful look at the non-individualistic dimensions of sin, and an appreciation of how sin relates to other key theological commitments.

Resource Experts

Derek Nelson is assistant professor of religion and codirector of the Thiel Global Institute at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania.


0 ratings

Sign in with your Faithlife account