A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith

A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith

by John Rawls
     
 

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John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls's undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. The present volume includes these two texts, together

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John Rawls never published anything about his own religious beliefs, but after his death two texts were discovered which shed extraordinary light on the subject. A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith is Rawls's undergraduate senior thesis, submitted in December 1942, just before he entered the army. The present volume includes these two texts, together with an Introduction by Joshua Cohen and Thomas Nagel, which discusses their relation to Rawls's published work, and an essay by Robert Merrihew Adams, which places the thesis in its theological context.

Editorial Reviews

New Yorker

Allows us to see how a very intelligent believer, who once considered the priesthood, lost his Christian faith as a young man.
— James Wood

Christian Century

[A] fascinating account of the evolution of his religiousd convictions.
— R. Bruce Douglass

Times Literary Supplement

No recent secular moralist has been more influential than John Rawls...[A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith] undoubtedly reveals an interesting stage in the development of a highly significant philosopher.
— Anthony Kenny

Tikkun
What a pleasure to read John Rawls's senior thesis at Princeton, which he submitted in 1942, long before his book A Theory of Justice (1971) established him as America's most respected liberal philosopher of law. Rawls's later writings are as pareve (neutral) as could be--they have no hint of the religious passion and wisdom that permeates his senior thesis. Robert Merrihew Adams has a long accompanying essay reviewing what is the most exciting in Rawls's thesis.
Times Literary Supplement - Anthony Kenny
No recent secular moralist has been more influential than John Rawls...[A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith] undoubtedly reveals an interesting stage in the development of a highly significant philosopher.
New Yorker - James Wood
Allows us to see how a very intelligent believer, who once considered the priesthood, lost his Christian faith as a young man.
Christian Century - R. Bruce Douglass
[A] fascinating account of the evolution of his religiousd convictions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674054486
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
439 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Nagel is University Professor, Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy at New York University.

Joshua Cohen is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society at Stanford University and editor of Boston Review.

Thomas Nagel is University Professor, Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy at New York University.

Robert Merrihew Adams is Clark Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Yale University.

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