What Psychology Might Learn from Traditional Christianity

Author
Kari Konkola
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Humanitas
Volume
32
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Institution
The Center for the Study of Statesmanship, Catholic University
Abstract
Sin used to be among Christianity’s most important concepts. This is understandable. The New Testament says God sent His only son, Christ, to liberate fallen humans from the suffering caused by Adam’s original sin. The importance of overcoming sins is emphasized by the Bible’s oft-repeated warnings about God’s sometimes ferociously punishing sinners. In spite of the central role of sin in the Bible, worry about the cardinal sins—pride, envy, anger, greed, and lechery—has largely disappeared among modern Christians.1 The reaction of most of today’s Christians can be summarized by the expression “good riddance.” The “let’s talk about something else” attitude toward sin has become the prevailing paradigm even among theologians.
Topic
Religion, International Relations Theory, Psychology
Political Geography
Britain, United States