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Bound to Sin: Abuse, Holocaust and the Christian Doctrine of Sin (Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine) [Kindle Edition]

Alistair McFadyen

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This book tests the explanatory and descriptive power of the doctrine of sin in relation to two concrete situations: sexual abuse of children and the holocaust. Taking seriously the explanatory power of secular discourses for analysing and regulating therapeutic action in relation to such situations, the book asks whether the theological language of sin can offer further illumination by speaking of God and the world together. Through its discussion of abuse and the holocaust, an engagement with Augustine, original sin and feminism, a fresh and sometimes surprising perspective is offered, both on the theology of sin and on the pathologies under consideration. The understanding of sin that emerges is centred on joyful worship of the trinitarian God. This essay is more systematic and more theological than most practical, pastoral or applied theology and more practical and concrete than most systematic or constructive theology. It is a genuinely concrete, systematic theology.

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'An important contemporary contribution to a debate which Christians ignore at their peril.' Expository Times

Book Description

This book discusses the Christian doctrine of sin in relation to sexual abuse of children and the holocaust, allowing these pathological situations to illuminate and question our understanding of sin and vice versa. It is more theological than most discussions of abuse in pastoral theology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2660 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (7 Aug. 2000)
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  • Language: English
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Al McFadyen is an academic theologian at the University of Leeds, UK. He works mainly on the theme of humanity, trying to understand how to be human and what it means to be human in practice as well as in theory. He is married, with two sons and two step-daughters (one wife) who would all tell you quickly how little he knows about that, were they able to edit his profile.

In his research and writing, he operates within the interface, not only of church and world, but of academy and world, often attempting a sort of triangulation between Christian doctrine, secular theories and concrete situations of practice in the real world, hoping for mutual illumination.

He has has developed this approach writing on child sexual abuse and the holocaust, on inner-city policing, and on personhood.

He could give a complicated theoretical account of why this is an appropriate theological methodology, but really it's simply a triangulation he finds he lives within and is his existential situation as an Anglican (Episcopalian) lay-person, working in the academy who has always also found himself engaged in other communities of practice. Alongside his full-time academic post, he also serves part-time as a police officer in a challenging, multi-faith and multi-ethnic inner-city area of Leeds. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, 2014 for services to policing and the community.

He has published on the relationship between policing and faith communities, terrorism and counter-terrorism and the phenomenon of street grooming for sexual exploitation of children.

The great American guru of practical theology, Don Browning, once asked Al whether his theology fit most neatly into a box labelled 'Systematic Theology' or the one labelled 'practical theology'. After much conversation, they agreed that he was 'practically a theologian' and Al has been trying to live up to that ever since.

He is currently finalising a book called Seeking Humanity, whilst also working on the themes more directly related to his policing experience - loving enemies, loving the neighbourhood, and police engagement with faith communities.

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