Plantinga, a professor of systematic theology, calls this book a "breviary." Given the massive historical dimensions of its subject, 207 pages may legitimately be counted as brief; but it is less an account than an argument for a particular understanding of sin as it is intimately connected with a Christian appropriation of shalom
. The book is almost always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes infuriating (as in cheap shots at political correctness and modernism, largely irrelevant crowd-pleasers for a generally conservative audience). Plantinga's insistence that sin is a theologically and philosophically relevant category deserves serious consideration. Associating sin with disturbing the peace highlights social processes that may indeed make peace. Discerning between shalom
and complacency is a perennial problem. To the extent that Plantinga brings sin again to our attention, he renders an important service. Steve Schroeder
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