Introduction: Fault and Fallibility

Jason A. Mahn

in Fortunate Fallibility

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790661
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897391 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Introduction: Fault and Fallibility

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This chapter introduces the interconnected themes of fortunate Fall and fortunate fallibility and argues against the moralization of theological accounts of sin. While scholars such as David Kelsey resist the “migration” of the doctrine of sin into theological hamartiology for implying that evil is necessary, the Introduction argues that attending to human fragility and tragedy does not assuage responsibility for sin. Rather, it begins to “repeat”—in Kierkegaard's nonidentical sense—the “para/orthodoxical” language of the fifth-century Easter vigil. This chapter also analyzes Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling to show the interrelation between faith and sin, as well as argues for a theological-rhetorical reading of Kierkegaard's understanding of sin.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; fault; fallibility; Kelsey; rhetorical theology; fortunate Fall; Easter vigil; Fear and Trembling; Johannes de Silentio

Chapter.  11346 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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