Chapter 1 distinguishes the doctrine of sin’s intrinsic and contemporary significance. A deeper understanding of the cross of Christ is possible by gaining a deeper grasp of the nature of sin. When considering sin’s contemporary significance, Carson focuses on how a biblical doctrine of sin addresses some of the characteristics of our own age; e.g., extraordinary violence and wickedness, reluctance to identify evil, and the so-called new tolerance.

Source: Christopher W. MorganRobert A. Peterson, ed., Fallen: A Theology of Sin (Crossway, 2013), 21-37.

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