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Blessed Are the Cynical: How Original Sin Can Make America a Better Place

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Polls report that 73% of Americans believe people are born good. Coupled with the narcissistic mandate to "find oneself," this current American ethos has created a society of self-absorbed, uninformed, and overly optimistic individuals. At the same time, however, there is a growing sense of dissatisfaction-faced with the imbalance of wealth and declining education and ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Brazos Press
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Leroy Seat
Jul 17, 2011 Leroy Seat rated it really liked it
Mark Ellingsen is a professor of church history at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He is also the author of many books, including one that I will be using as a text for the first time this fall in the course I teach at Rockhurst University.

Dr. Ellingsen (b. 1949) is a Lutheran pastor, but he is also an Augustinian scholar with a Ph.D. from Yale University. Last week I finished reading his intriguing book, based partly on Augustinian ideas, Blessed Are the Cynical: How Orig
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Feb 12, 2009 John rated it really liked it
Ellingsen's book has plenty of flaws, but most of those are a result of the difficult task he's set out for himself. Ellingsen leans heavily on social research as he sweeps most major segment of modern America (politics, religion, education, family, business) and sifts them with his basic thesis: that the loss of an Augustinian understanding of human depravity has had serious consequences. It's written for a popular audience, so don't expect more of it than you should... but its a valuable read ...more
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