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A History of Sin: How Evil Changes, But Never Goes Away

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In A History of Sin, John Portmann argues that especially since 9/11, the reality of sin has made a strong comeback, and he believes that even liberal Christians, who have downplayed the notion of sin, have to take the fact of personal evildoing seriously. Starting in the present, Portmann then loops back into the past to outline the key moments in the history of sin from ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published May 25th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Carlos Burga
This book posed several interesting question which Portmann was partially able to answer. To start, even though Portmann is unapologetic about his Catholic viewpoint on his study of sin, the points and analysis he makes are incredibly interesting and can be followed quite completely by an even atheist reader as myself.
The first part of the book dealing with the history of the confessionary and the acceptance of sin was extremely interesting and extremely well written. Similarly his discussion of
Mar 16, 2013 Lawrence rated it really liked it
I had been doing a "study" of sin for a class I'm enrolled in. Therefore, I had to read it quickly and in a more disconnected way than I usually do.

That said, this is the first book I read (not that I am a scholar!) that discusses what acts might or might not be sins, as opposed to what is the concept or definition of sin. That is, it put some "stuff" into the structure. Also, what made the discussion thoughtful and thought-provoking is that the author argues that some acts previously classified
Mar 17, 2013 Peter rated it it was ok
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"god conditioned us..." "god gave us rules" , "religion is making a terrific comeback" , nonsense, I was hoping for some actual professor type insights , not preacher garbage, still have seen some good stuff inbetween the "conditioning" ..
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“I also argue that sin (or at least our thinking about it) has evolved significantly since the 1950s and continues to do so, such that Fidel Castro’s confident cri de Coeur from the early 1960’s, “History will absolve me,” could work today for a great many religious Jews and Christians wrestling with their conscience.” 1 likes
“It is a bad idea to fixate on the wedding day while neglecting the rest of a marriage in which an initial virgin may stray into illicit beds. A onetime sexual tiger who becomes monogamous ( through sheer force of will or love) in marriage may deserve quite a bit more applause than the wedding-day virgin who later strays.” 1 likes
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