The Noetic Effects of Sin: A Historical and Contemporary Exploration of how Sin Affects Our Thinking

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Lexington Books, 2000 - Philosophy - 154 pages
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Stephen Moroney's fascinating study examines the frequently neglected topic of the noetic effects of sin, a phenomenon in which sin distorts human thinking. Drawing on the detailed models formulated by John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, and Emil Brunner, Moroney sets forth a more contemporary model of the subject. He extends beyond all previous views by relating the noetic effects of sin to the complex and unpredictable interaction between the object of knowledge and the knowing subject. Moroney also futher examines some of the implications of the noetic effects of sin for the rationalist theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg and the Reformed epistemology of Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff. Lastly, Moroney undertakes an interdisciplinary study of what social psychology and Christian theology contribute to our understanding of the noetic effects of sin. An invaluable addition to current conversations on theology and epistemology, The Noetic Effects of Sin will be of interest to scholars of theology, religion, and social psychology.
  

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Contents

Calvins Teachings on Reason and the Noetic Effects of Sin
1
Kuyper Brunner and a New Model of How Sin Affects Our Thinking
27
Pannenbergs Rationalist Theology
49
Plantingas and Wolterstorffs Reformed Epistemology
73
Social Psychology and Christian Theology on SelfServing Cognitive Distortion
89
Calvins Psychology
115
Representative Teachings on the Noetic Effects of Sin in Christian Tradition and Christian Scripture
125
Works Cited
135
Index
153
About the Author
155
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Stephen K. Moroney is Associate Professor of Theology at Malone College.

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