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Sin by Hugh Connolly


Sin by Hugh Connolly

The concept of sin has become unfashionable in the modern world. In a society which claims to be psychologically sophisticated, explanations for human behaviour tend to diminish human responsibility. In the age of Myra Hindley, Dennis Nielsen and the murder of Jamie Bulger, these issues are urgent issues by any reckoning. Hugh Connolly argues for a renewed sense of sin that he believes will lead to our greater moral and spiritual wellbeing. He examines our understanding of sin, going back to the pre-Christian era and rescuing what is best from the past. Along the way, he tackles St Augustine, Martin Luther, Calvin but also looks at examples from literature, philosophy and contemporary culture. The biblical tradition is also examined with great care.


Connolly's book is a good introduction to thought about sin in the immediate post-Vatican II period.

Hugh Connolly, author of the well-known The Irish Penitentials (1995), draws on his considerable expertise in moral theology to develop a synthetic account of sin that will meet contemporary needs C. [Connolly] consistently interweaves incisive summary insights that build toward his own constructive argument. It's value [the book's] rests in its clear and concise distillation of the meaning of sin as it has developed over the course of the Judeo-Christian tradition. -Theological Studies As a start to renewing our thinking about sin in an informed and Christian way, it succeeds. New Directions Connolly's book is a good introduction to thought about sin in the immediate post-Vatican II period. Vivian Boland, The Tablet 26/10/02

About the Author

Hugh Connolly is Vice-President and Lecturer in Moral Theology at Maynooth College. He is a Roman Catholic Priest.

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Publication date

18th April 2002


Hugh Connolly

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


178 pages


Christian theology



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