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Religion & History Discussion @ Falmouth Historical Society

When: Tue Nov 13th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Falmouth Historical Society | 55 Palmer Avenue | Falmouth


“Religion and History: The Origins of
the Christian Images of Jesus Christ and Sin” with Paula Fredriksen
Award-winning Boston University historian of religion Paula Fredriksen
comes to Falmouth to discuss the evolution of thought and religion as
it pertains to the Christian views of Jesus and of sin. Ancient
Christians invoked sin to account for an astonishing range of things,
from the death of God's son to the politics of the Roman Empire that
worshipped him. Fredriksen tells the surprising story of early
Christian concepts of sin, exploring the ways that sin came to shape
ideas about God no less than about humanity.
Long before Christianity, of course, cultures had articulated the idea
that human wrongdoing violated relations with the divine. Fredriksen
tells how, in the fevered atmosphere of the four centuries between
Jesus and Augustine, singular new Christian ideas about sin emerged in
rapid and vigorous variety, including the momentous shift from the
belief that sin is something one does to something that one is born
into. As the original defining circumstances of their movement quickly
collapsed, early Christians were left to debate the causes,
manifestations, and remedies of sin.

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