Offense To Reason

Offense To Reason

by Bernard L. Ramm


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This book takes as its main thesis: (1) the Christian doctrine of sin is offensive to the reason and repelled by the intelligentsia and academia; (2) without this doctrine of sin much of human life and history remains forever opaque; (3) with it a shaft of light is cast upon personal existence, social existence, and the course of history, giving clarity that nothing else in the religions, nor the philosophies, of the world can provide.

This masterful study -- broad-ranging, judicious and accessible -- clarifies the multidimensional nature of sin by exploring theological, philosophical and sociological facets, while it shows how Christian theology provides the most lucid, helpful understanding of this universal problem and the key to healing sin's disastrous effect upon the whole of our history.

Taking into consideration the most significant interpretations of sin and depravity offered by scholars in a variety of disciplines from existential literature to Freudian psychology to sociobiology, Offense to Reason defends the Christian theology of sin, echoed in all religions and in many secular versions of human existence, as essential for understanding humanity's misfortune in a world alienated from its maker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573830010
Publisher: Regent College Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Question Posed1
2.If Adam Didn't, Who Did?10
3.The Case Against the Human Race38
4.If Adam Did, How?62
5.The Center of the Theology of Sin76
6.Sin at Its Root90
7.The Consequences of Sin111
8.Sin Among the Theologians129
9.The Rationale for the Doctrine of Sin145
Selected Bibliography175

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