A reconsideration of the theological conception of sin in the light of the psychoanalytic conceptions of shame and guilt
Smith, Donald W.
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The purpose of this dissertation is to understand the Christian conception of sin through the disciplines of theology and psychology. The method of correlation is used in order that the distinctive nature of each discipline can be retained while the insight of one discipline, psychology, can be used to illuminate a theological concept, sin. The basic elements of a Christian view of sin are discovered through a historical survey of the writings of eight theologians. From this, sin is defined as the universal and inevitable non-recognition, denial, or defiance by man of the life-giving dependent relationship of man upon God. This non-recognition, denial, or defiance is predicted in the conditions of existence and brings about a disruption of the man-God relationship. In this disruption man disobeys Fod and is unable to become what God intended him to be. Unbelief is the core element of the disruption and it evaluates in rebellion, pride, and concupiscence [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University