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Born Bad
Author: James Boyce

ISBN: 9781863956765
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23 July 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.1
Description:
'Original sin is the Western world's creation story'

According to the doctrine of original sin, humans are born bad and only God's grace can bring salvation. In this captivating book, acclaimed historian James Boyce shows how these ideas have shaped the Western view of human nature right up to the present. The legacy of original sin takes many forms, including the distinctive discontent of Western people - the feelings of guilt and inadequacy associated not with doing wrong, but with being wrong.

As well as an innovative history of Christianity, Boyce offers new insights into the making of the West. Born Bad traces a fascinating journey from Adam and Eve all the way to Adam Smith and Richard Dawkins in this sweeping story of a controversial idea and its remarkable influence.

About the Author

James Boyce is the author of Van Diemen's Land: A History and 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia.

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