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The Origin and Propagation of Sin, Paperback / softback Book

The Origin and Propagation of Sin Paperback / softback


This book is the 1906 second edition of the Hulsean Lectures delivered at the University of Cambridge between 1901 and 1902.

In these four lectures, F. R. Tennant challenges conventional teachings on Original Sin and the story of the Fall, arguing that his contemporaries had misinterpreted the biblical presentation of sin and its manifestations.

Tennant aims to redefine the sin of both the race and the individual, and in doing so engages with traducianism and the philosophies of Malebranche, Kant and Hegel.

He argues that action predates modern conceptions of right and wrong, and that transgression is only sin if the actor is aware of what is morally right.

Of course, these theories were met with great opposition, an opposition which Tennant uses the preface of this second edition to confront.

These fascinating lectures and their appendages will be of great interest to scholars of Christian theology and the fin de siecle alike.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy of religion
  • ISBN: 9780521238571

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