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Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World by James Boyce, ISBN: 9781459684812
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ISBN: 9781459684812
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
Published: 4 September, 2014
Format: Paperback
Language: English

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Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

'Original sin is the Western world's creation story.'' According to the doctrine of original sin, humans are born bad and only God's grace can bring salvation. In this captivating book, acclaimed historian James Boyce shows how these ideas have shaped the Western view of human nature right up to the present. The legacy of original sin takes many forms, including the distinctive discontent of Western people - the feelings of guilt and inadequacy associated not with doing wrong, but with being wrong. As well as an innovative history of Christianity, Boyce offers new insights into the making of the West. Born Bad traces a fascinating journey from Adam and Eve all the way to Adam Smith and Richard Dawkins in this sweeping story of a controversial idea and its remarkable influence. ''What is wrong with me? This question has haunted the West for fifteen hundred years, but until recently it came with an answer - which was called original sin. Western people believed they were ''born bad'' because they had inherited the sin of the first humans.'' - James Boyce

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