"Whether or not we believe in original sin, the idea has shaped our most fundamental institutions--our political structures, how we teach and raise our young, and, perhaps most pervasively of all, how we understand ourselves. Alan Jacobs takes readers on a sweeping tour of the idea of original sin, its origins, its history, and its proponents and opponents"--From publisher description.
ISBN: 0060872578 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780060872571 (pbk.)
Physical Description:xviii, 286 p. ; 21 cm. print
Edition:1st HarperCollins pbk. ed.
Publisher:New York : HarperOne, 2009, c2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -286).
Six stories -- The African Bishop -- Some dreadful things no doubt -- The feast of all souls -- A few words about the Devil -- The wicked, but not very -- More hateful than vipers -- New worlds -- The confraternity of the human type -- The two-headed calf -- In the genes.