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Born Bad, by James Boyce
Born Bad. Original Sin And The Making Of The Western Mind, by James Boyce. According to the doctrine of original sin, all humans are born bad and only God’s grace can bring salvation. James Boyce shows how these ideas have shaped the Western view of human nature, and how the belief that we are all innately sinful retains a firm grip on Western consciousness and culture – even in the writings of avowed atheists such as Marx and Freud.
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. Part One: Original Sin in Christendom. 1. The Father of Original Sin. 2. The Contest for the Western Soul. 3. The Challenge of the Celts. 4. Scholars and Sinners. 5. The Forgiveness Industry. 6. A Peasant’s World. 7. All Shall Be Well. 8. The Meaning of Marrying a Nun. 9. John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. 10. Spreading the Word. 11. The Puritan Foundation of Modern Life. 12. Reclaiming Augustine.
Part Two: Original Sin in the Modern World. 13. A Christian Enlightenment. 14. The Perfect Evangelical. 15. Celebrating Christian Choice. 16. Adam Smith and Market Salvation. 17. Imperfect Democracy. 18. Original Sin in an Age of Progress. 19. Freud and the Science of Self. 20. Staying Positive. 21. The Selfish Gene. 22. Where to for Salvation? 23. Beyond Good or Bad. Paperback Edition. Number of pages 272