Eden's Garden (Hardcover)

Rethinking Sin and Evil in an Era of Scientific Promise

By Richard J. Coleman

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9780742552388, 301pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2006

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The time is ripe for a robust discussion of human nature. In Eden's Garden: Rethinking Sin and Evil in an Era of Scientific Promise, Richard Coleman examines the notion of sin in a contemporary world that values scientific and nonreligious modes of thought regarding human behavior. This work is not an anti-science polemic, but rather an argument to show how sin and evil can make sense to the nonreligious mind, and how it is valuable to make sense of such phenomena. The author reconceptualizes sin and evil as "indelible pieces of our evolutionary history" preventing them from being ostracized as "too religious, without substance, mired in the past." Coleman redeems theology for what it can offer to the understanding of sin and evil while embracing and respecting what science can offer to further the common good. Examining themes in religion, philosophy, and theology, it is ideal for use in the numerous courses that move across these disciplines.

About the Author

Richard Coleman is a retired minister in the United Church of Christ and is a participant in the pastor-theologian program sponsored by the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. He lives in Pembroke, Massachusetts.