Item description for The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes by James Alison...
Overview This original work of theological anthropology looks at original sin in the light of the Resurrection. It is based on the conviction that the doctrine of original sin is a vital perspective on what it is to be human when seen with Resurrection eyes. From this point of view, one is able to read all the major doctrines of Christianity from the order of discovery, and forgiveness becomes the way of transformation.
This original work of theological anthropology looks at original sin in the light of the Resurrection, and shows how forgiveness has become the way of transformation.
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Studio: Herder & Herder
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.86" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1998
Publisher Herder & Herder
ISBN 0824516761 ISBN13 9780824516765
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More About James Alison
James Alison, writes, lectures and teaches in the UK, the US and Latin America and is formerly a professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Universidad Catolica Bolivia, He is an Oxford-educated theologian with an influential and growing readership on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Totally intriguing Aug 24, 2002
I would begin with a word of caution - this is extremely deep, intense reading, not a devotional book (as "Easter eyes" might be taken to imply.) It is a work where one must read each paragraph carefully, often more than once, to receive the full impact. In doing so, one may see its clear brilliance.
Allison's exploration of original sin is especially striking because he re-interprets this doctrine as taking its meaning from the resurrection. He lays his groundwork by explaining concepts set forth by Rene Girard, then applies this to Christology and soteriology, moving on to explore much of human nature and how theologians of past eras have dealt with similar approaches. I do not wish to expound, not wanting to spoil the material for new readers, but his treatment of the topic had me nearly shouting "Eureka!" every ten pages or so. It is a highly useful work, not only for those specifically interested in theological anthropology, but to anyone wishing a clearer picture of the human condition and relation to God.
This is not a book for a brief meditation or weekend retreat, but, for those interested in an enlightening, original, in depth study, it is quite amazing. The blend of scholarship and insight is a rare treat.
Girard applied to theology Sep 15, 1998
René Girard has been called the Copernicus of the human sciences, but up till now his popularity among social scientists is limited. In order to experience how well Girard's mimetology works in different scientific areas, we are in need of theorists who attempt to apply Girard's ideas to theology, psychology, literary sciences and so on. James Alison is some one who does so in the area of biblical exegesis. Alison's is a very thorough work, eloquent in its argument and truthful to the spirit of Girard's main ideas.