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The Emergence of Sin: The Cosmic Tyrant in Romans

Matthew Croasmun


This book aims to solve an age-old problem in New Testament scholarship: namely, how to understand the relationship between “sins” as human misdeeds, and “Sin/Hamartia, ” the cosmic tyrant, in Romans. It appropriates the critical framework of emergence in philosophy of science to describe the emergence of cognition and agency at the individual, social, and mythological levels. The cosmic tyrant Sin is described as a real person, emergent from a complex system of human transgressions. The work argues that this emergence is analogous to the emergence of mind from the complex neurological system ... More

Keywords: Romans, emergence, Sin, downward causation, demythologization, moral psychology, supervenience, group mind personification, liberation theology

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190277987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Croasmun, author
Associate Research Scholar and Director of the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University

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