The Story of Original Sin
"In the past, the notion of original sin may have served to mute human hubris, but for many it encouraged self-loathing, fatalism, and fear of an angry god. This book points in a different direction. Older ontological views of original human sinfulness contrast sharply with Toews's historical paradigm of human error, volitional waywardness, and simply bad choices. If taken seriously, this book will change the way we view God, ourselves, and others." --Al Dueck, Professor of Cultural Psychologies, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
"Through careful reading of the Bible and centuries of interpretation of the biblical text, Toews demonstrates that the common understanding of original sin is not as old or as universal as many assume. This will unsettle some and excite others, but all will benefit from reflecting anew on this crucial topic." --Mark D. Baker, Associate Professor of Mission and Theology, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary
"Based on an analysis of the sources and a growing body of literature critical of Augustine and a few fathers before him, Toews's study is must reading for every theologian, Catholic or Protestant. Not only must it be read, however, its conclusions should be taken seriously into consideration wherever people still take the Scriptures, and the Christian's obedience to them, seriously." --Abraham Friesen, Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
"John Toews is the first Mennonite theologian to do a detailed study of the origins and concept of original sin. He offers a compelling argument that sin is a matter of choice, not a state into which all humans are born. This book is a must-read for all who search for understanding of God's truth in their own lives." --William Klassen, Principal Emeritus, St. Paul's University College
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