Sin Paperback

A History

by Gary A. Anderson;

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What is sin? Is it simply wrongdoing? Why do its effects linger over time? In this sensitive, imaginative, and original work, Gary Anderson shows how changing conceptions of sin and forgiveness lay at the very heart of the biblical tradition. Spanning nearly two thousand years, the book brilliantly demonstrates how sin, once conceived of as a physical burden, becomes, over time, eclipsed by economic metaphors. Transformed from a weight that an individual carried, sin becomes a debt that must be repaid in order to be redeemed in God's eyes. Anderson shows how this ancient Jewish revolution in thought shaped the way the Christian church understood the death and resurrection of Jesus and eventually led to the development of various penitential disciplines, deeds of charity, and even papal indulgences. In so doing, it reveals how these changing notions of sin provided a spur for the Protestant Reformation. Broad in scope while still exceptionally attentive to detail, this ambitious and profound book unveils one of the most seismic shifts that occurred in religious belief and practice, deepening our understanding of one of the most fundamental aspects of human experience.

Sin by Gary A. Anderson was published by Yale University Press in September 2010 and is our 40305th best seller. The ISBN for Sin is 9780300168099.

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Details for Sin

Page last updated 10th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherYale University Press (September 2010)
Number of Pages272
Thickness18 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3477690
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