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Aspects of sin: a comparison between the classical definition of sin and sin as portrayed in His Dark Materials
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay sets out to compare the classical definition of sin to the view of sin as presented by Philip Pullman in the trilogy His Dark Materials. The trilogy conveys a story about Lyra and Will, two children who end up being in the center of a battle between reason and oblivion. The classical definition of sin is found in the original meaning of the word, and in the traditions handed down through the years by the Bible, important theologians, and the Church. Pullman’s view is found in the clever way he presents the characters of the books and places them in situations riddled with ethical questions and spiritual pondering. The main difference between the perspectives is that the classical definition considers sin as something inherently bad, while Pullman considers sin as capable of both being good and bad, but mostly good. This difference originates in the fundamentally different assumptions the two perspectives have made on the goodness of God.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-48829ISRN: LTU-CUPP--10/053--SELocal ID: 640b0d5f-67e8-4e5e-9290-a917e432bd78OAI: diva2:1022173
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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