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The Presbyterian Outlook'In the age just past, nationalism has brought us Hitler, science has brought us the atom bomb, and religion has brought us some really awful television programming.’ So quips the inimitable Barbara Brown Taylor in a new book on a topic most of us think we’ve heard quite enough about already: sin.
In the age just past, Brown Taylor gave us a half dozen of the best sermon collections any of us have ever read. I, for one, think of her as Barbara Emerson Fosdick, and seldom preach any gospel lesson without first consulting her. . . . She has given us a wonderful reflection on science as it related to religion (The Luminous Web) and now this slim volume on transgression: Speaking of Sin.
But who needs it? All of us, especially lectionary preachers who are called upon, from time to time, to reflect honestly about a tricky subject to which our Bible is replete with references. . . .
Those who look into Brown Taylor’s books of sermons with an appreciation for her poetry will not be disappointed. Her section on sin in ‘Genesis,’ ch. 2, is alone worth the price of the book. . . . The book is an insightful delight. There is plenty here for the preacher to glean from and any Christian concerned in the least about ethics to be instructed by. To buy such a book and not to read it would be—well—a sin.
— Scott Dalgarno