Translating Christianity Part 5: “Sin”

Posted by Cameron McAllister on February 10, 2017

Social critics argue that we are entering into a post-Christian phase of American culture. Consequently, much of the shared understanding between Christians and non-Christians is evaporating. Basic words like “God,” “faith,” “hope,” “love,” “sin,” and “salvation” remain common among Christians, but are often misunderstood by those outside the church. In this series, we will explore each of these words, and consider what Christian actually mean by them. It is my hope that this series will help to foster a more holistic dialog between Christians and non-Christians. In this episode, we’ll consider the word “sin,” a word that is rarely used in a serious way outside of the church. We’re much more likely to apply the term to decadent chocolate than we are to problematic human behavior. In short, it’s hard to take it seriously. But what Christians mean by “sin” is a good deal more grave, cosmic, and hopeful than its contemporary usage suggests. In fact, it’s my humble opinion that this is one of the most important words in this series. Join me to find out why.

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