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Född med synd?: Nutida lutherska tolkningar av arvsyndsläran
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Christian doctrine of original sin has ever since the Reformation been a central part of Lutheran theological understandings of human beings. Therefore it is of vital importance to see how this doctrine can be understood in a plausible way, with regards to contemporary society, 500 years after Luther is said to have nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the church in Wittenberg. The present study explores what contemporary issues different interpretations of the doctrine must interact with, and suggest a way of evaluating the plausibility and Lutheran identity of such interpretations. Two expositions of the doctrine of original sin published by Lutheran theologians in the 2010s are then evaluated: Utanför paradiset by Eva-Lotta Grantén (ethicist, Uppsala) and In Adam’s Fall by Ian A. McFarland (professor of Divinity, Cambridge). Particularly four aspects of their interpretations are analysed: the relationship to human experience, the integration of contemporary science and culture, the internal coherence and their narrative’s Lutheran authenticity. Even though both interpretations have their flaws, they can largely be seen as both plausible and Lutheran. Grantén gives a wholly existential picture of the original sin, while McFarland tends to see it in ontological terms. In order to avoid the pitfalls in their interpretations, a further developed understanding of the doctrine is proposed, integrating both the ontological and existential aspects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
original sin, contemporary examinations, existential and ontological interpretations
Keyword [sv]
arvsynd, nutida lutherska undersökningar, existentiella och ontologiska tolkningar
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296232OAI: diva2:936837
Subject / course
Studies in Systematic Theology, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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