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Concepts of sin: all points of view

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The essays in this section describe some of the most important topics in the field of religion. What is often seen as conflict between liberal and conservative forces in society can be frequently traced to disagreements about the nature of sin.

Sin is major foundational concept in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and in many other religions -- particularly monotheistic religions. It is certainly one of the most important themes in the Hebrew Scriptures (a.k.a. Old Testament) and Christian Scriptures (a.k.a. New Testament).

Our web site is mainly directed to North Americans. Because about 75% of Canadians and Americans regard themselves as Jews or Christians, the initial essays in this section will concentrate mainly on sin as it is described in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Overview: some aspects of "sin"   < We recommend that you read this first; otherwise, the rest may not make much sense
bullet Religious paradigm shifts concerning sin: The concept of progressive revelation
bullet Human sexuality and gender: a major preoccupation of many faith groups
bullet Sin in the Bible:

bullet Can sin be transferred from the guilty to the innocent? A major biblical theme that few talk about
bullet Adam, Eve and the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3: Humanity's rise or fall. Original sin

An article by Contributing Editor Susan Humphreys: "Original Sin: The Most Destructive of Doctrines"


An article by Tom Drake-Brockman: "The Easter Myth"

bullet Was Jesus sinless while on earth?

Moral and ritual sin in the Hebrew Scriptures (a.k.a. Old Testament)

  • Part 1: About the Pentateuch. Human evil. Causes of ritual impurity. Why do things and deeds pollute?

  • Part 2: Why do things & deeds pollute? (Cont'd). Is Leviticus 18:22 a special case?
bullet The "unforgivable sin"?

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Copyright 2002 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2002-OCT-20
Latest update: 2014-MAR-06
Author: B.A. Robinson

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