Essayist and biographer Alan Jacobs introduces us into the world of original sin, which he describes as not only a profound idea but a necessary one. As G.K. Chesterton explains, 'Only with original sin can we at once pity the beggar and distrust the king'. Ever since Augustine, the church has taught the doctrine of original sin, which is the idea that we are not born innocent, but as babes we are corrupt, guilty, and worthy of condemnation. Thus started a debate that has raged at the heart of Western civilization for centuries. Perhaps no Christian doctrine is more controversial; perhaps none is more consequential.For whether or not we believe in original sin, the idea has shaped our most fundamental institutions - our political structures, how we teach and raise our young, and, perhaps most pervasively of all, how we understand ourselves. In "Original Sin", Alan Jacobs takes readers on a sweeping tour of the idea of original sin, its origins, its history, its proponents and opponents. And he leaves us better prepared to answer one of the most important questions of all: are we really, all of us, bad to the bone?
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Book Description HarperOne. 2008. Stated First Edition, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. Original Sin. A Cultural History. By Alan Jacobs. Published by HarperOne. 2008. Stated First Edition. ISBN 0060783400 / 9780060783402 New hardcover with new dustjacket. New 9.3 x 6.2 inches cloth hardcover with new dustjacket. 286 Pages. Bibliographical Essay. Free online tracking. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1477008645943
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