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Concept of Sin

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In ordinary conversation, including among the "educated", the word "sin" rarely gets mentioned except when one is trying to be coy or facetious. As Thomas Mann once said, "sin" is nowadays "an amusing word used only when one is trying to get a laugh".But this small work will interpret sin in its true -- that is, serious -- meaning. What will emerge from its analysis is the ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by St. Augustines Press (first published July 28th 1991)
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Nathan White
Nov 15, 2013 Nathan White rated it it was amazing
A penetrating work on the concept and nature of sin. It isn't a work of explicitly Christian theology. The author, who was Roman Catholic, relies more on natural revelation and insight in writing on the issues of sin, guilt, the human condition, etc. He quotes the ancient Greeks all throughout, as well as those in the Christian tradition such as Thomas Aquinas. And rarely does his Catholic theology show up. I highly recommend as a fascinating and thought-provoking read to the Christian and the n ...more
James Andersen
This book should be read by everyone, it takes the Philosophical reflections as well as cultural reflections on the meaning of sin. By the time your done reading this modern Thomist on the concept of sin as it relates to God, Nature, and Reason you'll be quite surprised to see that it is a real. Using even referring to both ancient Greek Philosophers as well as modern secular humanists like Sartre to paint the picture of the reality of sin. The ending of the book is of course, fitting leading in ...more
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May 23, 2008 Carlos rated it it was amazing
In this short work, Pieper clarifies some of the notions of sin. He uses a philosophical standpoint, clearly illustrating how the concept of sin, and even the difference between venial and mortal sin is something that is present in the writings of many times and cultures, though certainly Christianity brings it into a new dimension. His development in this work provides many insights and approaches to pondering these questions that ultimately approach eternity.
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Josef Pieper was professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of Münster/Germany; he was a member of several academies and received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the International Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of humanities.

Pieper is among the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. The main focus of his thought is the overcoming of c
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