This timely book retrieves an old awareness that has slipped and changed in recent decades. The awareness of sin used to be our shadow. Christians hated sin, feared it, fled from it—and grieved over it. But the shadow of sin has now dimmed in our consciousness. Even preachers, who once got visibly angry over a congregation’s sin, now speak of sin in a mumble.
Cornelius Plantinga pulls the ancient doctrine of sin out of mothballs and presents it to contemporary readers in clear language, drawing from a wide range of books, films, and other cultural resources. In smoothly flowing prose Plantinga describes how sin corrupts what is good and how such corruption spreads. He discusses the parasitic quality of sin and the ironies and pretenses generated by this quality. He examines the relation of sin to folly and addiction. He describes two classic “postures” or movements of sin—attack and flight, and in an epilogue he reminds us that whatever we say about sin also sharpens our eye for the beauty of grace.
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A coherent, substantive theological treatise with a wealth of homiletical insights and real-life connections.
—Princeton Seminary Bulletin
The book is almost always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes infuriating. . . Plantinga’s insistence that sin is a theologically and philosophically relevant category deserves serious consideration.
Highly recommended reading and a must for church libraries.
His patient dissection, clear writing style, and ease with metaphor make this book a valuable catalog of sin’s various mutations . . . Pastors and counselors will find this book especially valuable.
–CBA Bookstore Journal
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