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Type of publication: Sudarytas ir/ar redaguotas mokslo darbas / Compiled and / or edited science work (K5)
Field of Science: Filologija / Philology (H004)
Contributor(s): Bonda, Moreno;Bacon, Simon
Title: Seductive concepts : perspectives on sins, vices and virtues
Extent: 164 p
Publishing data: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom : Inter-Disciplinary Press
Date: 2013
Keywords: Nuodėmė;Yda;Dorybė;Sins;Vices;Virtues
ISBN: 9781848882379
Abstract: The concept of sin, and, with it, those of the vices and virtues, is changing. Its definition is being revised even (and mainly) within the traditionally conservative Christian Church. Hamartiology is, in a way, culture-aware and like all intellectual acts is conditioned by ideological and intellectual changes. This is particularly evident in the modern schematisation of virtues, which nowadays tend, as an example, to include social and ecological sins. James Taylor’s Sin: A New Understanding of Virtue and Vice is just one of the most well-known, and provocative, cases of renewed hamartiology. In a way, this study is stimulating because of the author’s attempt to relate somewhat modern concepts such as sexism, slavery, and militarism to a reinterpretation of the seven deadly sins. However, equally revealing is that while Taylor’s research focuses on the traditional topic of the theology of sin, it also makes evident how standards are changing in the definition and perception of moral weakness or strength. The frames of the debate are expanding: questions of moral theology are now connected with civil, political and even military events. In his History of Sin, John Portman argues that, especially since 9/11, the reflection on sin, downplayed (according to the author) in recent years by liberal Christians, has experienced a relevant comeback.2 The merit of this, otherwise fairly standard, history of sin lies certainly in its capability to expand the chronological and cultural limits in which the debate is usually framed. Sin, in Portman’s book, is no longer just a Christian concept. Rather it is treated as a human universal and thus investigated in all its forms - from the classical antiquity to its modern manifestations. Analogously, research methods and study perspectives have been questioned and are undergoing radical transformations. [...]
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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