Unde hoc malum?

Original Sin: A Cultural HistoryOriginal Sin: A Cultural History by Alan Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where does evil come from? That’s the guiding question of Alan Jacobs’ readable, informative narrative of this controversial doctrine’s history through the writings of its great exponents and critics. Augustine, Pelagius, John Milton, Blaise Pascal, John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Robert Owen all make appearances, along with many others.

It’s a great, well-told introduction to the issue, written at a level that (I think) a wide audience can understand. Along the way, the reader gets a taste of some of the great writers and issues in Western Christendom.

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