Gravity of sin: Augustine, Luther and Barth on homo incurvatus in se
Matt Jenson argues that the image of being 'curved in on oneself' is the best paradigm for understanding sin relationally, that it has sufficient explanatory breadth and depth to be of service to contemporary Christian theology. He looks to Augustine as the Christian source for this image in his various references to humanity's turn to itself, though the threads of a relational account of sin are not drawn together with any systematic consequence until Martin Luther's description of 'homo incurvatus in se' in his commentary on Romans. Luther radicalizes Augustine's conception by applying this relational view of sin to the totus homo and by emphasizing its appearance, above all, in homo religiosus. The Western tradition of sin understood paradigmatically as pride has been recently called into question by feminist theologians. Daphne Hampson's critique of Luther on this front is considered and critiqued. Though she is right to call attention to the insufficiency of his and Augustine's myopic focus on pride, the question remains whether 'incurvatus in se' can operate paradigmatically as an umbrella concept covering a far wider range of sins. Karl Barth's extension of 'incurvatus in se' to apply more broadly to pride, sloth and falsehood suggests that incurvature can do just that.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Adam affirm Agape Anders Nygren anthropocentrism argues Augustine's Augustinian autonomy become called Cambridge CD IV/1 Christian Contradictions Christology City context created creation creature critique curved Daphne Hampson deification desire discussion divine doctrine egoism eschatological ethics evil exaltation existence faith falsehood feminist feminist theologies flesh freedom God's gospel grace hamartiology Hampson healing Heteronomy homo incurvatus humanity humanity's humility Ibid incarnation Jesus Christ justification Karl Barth live Luther and Staupitz McFadyen means metaphor moral nature Neoplatonic nobis notes Nygren one's oneself ontology ourselves Ozment paradigm participation person personhood Plotinus pride question radical reality reference Reinhold Niebuhr rejection relation relationality relationship righteousness Romans Romans lectures salvation Scripture seek seen self-loss self-love sense simply sinful sinner sloth soteriology speak Spirit Steinmetz structure Theologia Germanica theological anthropology Theology and Feminism things Thomism totus homo trans Trinity true truth turn understanding University Press women Word writes