Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World ePub (Adobe DRM) download by James Boyce

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

Black Inc.
Publication date: July 2014
ISBN: 9781922231642
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"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

James Boyce is the author of Van Diemen's Land: A History and 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia. The former won the Tasmania Book Prize and was shortlisted for the NSW, Victorian and Queensland premiers' and the Prime Minister's literary awards. The latter won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Tasmania Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Victorian and WA premiers' and the Prime Minister's literary awards and the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature. James Boyce has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, where he is an honorary research associate of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies.
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