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Original Sin: Origins, Developments, Contemporary Meanings Paperback – November 1, 2002
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This is a good and clearly written, accessible volume, sweeping in its coverage of the subject. --Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
This teaching tool, shows why insights of the tradition are still relevant to today's problems. --Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
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I would suggest Romanides' "The Ancestral Sin" for a more detailed telling which also takes into account the Eastern Church.
There I found two books dating to the late 1800s that said that "original sin" 1. was due to "seminal transmission" or as the second book offered 2. "genetic transmission". I thought, my word, we had not yet even seen a gene, as the electron microscope had not yet been invented. I slept somewhat better that very night as regards my own depravity. Happily, by my third year in another college I managed a modest grade in an upper division genetics course. And there on the 13th allele, second gene from the left was a genetic segment clearly stamped "OS." Kidding!
What a terrific job has Dr. Wiley done. I am much, much too tardy in writing this review. She was so kind to share a copy of her notes subsequent to her lecture at the Newman Center here in Lexington, Kentucky several years ago. I am hoping she will return.
Her treatment of the subject was thorough, detailed and clearly set in an historic context. Indispensable, both theologically and historically!
I must say while recommending this to every serious student of our Western tradition, that I do not recommend this to any orthodox theologians. I do not wish Dr. Wiley to come into any harm. If only her book on "Original Sin" had been on that library shelf next to the first treatments of "OS" I had in hand as a second year college student. Had such been the case, my sleep would have been all the more comfortable...most of the time... over the years.
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I was just looking for some basic information on the topic of original sin and found so much more! The author does an incredible job of giving the history of the doctrine and... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Sue A
"Original Sin: Origins, Developments, Contemporary Meanings" is one book I'm turning to to investigate various points of view of the concept of Original Sin. Read more
A difficult road to hoe, this book offers a totally new approach to original sin, explaining the usual Genesis 3 story,yet,relying mostly on the works of theologian-philosopher... Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by TOM REVEILEB
First, she showed tremendous respect for the early philosophers and fairly presented their positions before moving on quite forcefully to the higher ground of liberation and... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by joec51