Sin and Salvation Author:Lesslie Newbigin "This small book was originally published...for the use of church workers in the Tamil dioceses of the Church of South India," says the author in the preface to his work. He then asks the reader's indulgence for having written the kind of English that could be translated easily into Tamil, and also for his primary concern for the particular perp... more »lexities common to Tamil Christians. However, this little book needs no apologies of any kind. Its clear, vigorous treatment of basic questions in the Christian faith makes its content seem particularly significant.
The book is divided into eight sections, each dealing with a critical aspect of the facts of sin and salvation in human destiny. Ch. I, "What Do We Mean by Salvation?", deals with man's state of contradiction and his real need for salvation. Chs. II and III, "What Is Sin?", deal first with how sin entered the world, and the actual nature of sin. Ch. IV, "The Situation Which Sin Has Produced," describes the real results of sin and shows how there are in our experience and in actual fact such things as corporate guilt, original sin, and temptation. Ch. V, "The Preparation for Salvation," clarifies the actual events of the story of salvation. Ch. VI, "The Work of the Saviour," offers a completely comprehensive analysis of the work of Jesus as Saviour, his death, resurrection, and ascension. Ch. VII, "How Salvation Becomes Ours," shows how salvation comes to us through the Church, the Word, sacrament, prayer, and fellowship. It also deals with the true nature of faith, regeneration, justification, and growth in holiness. The last part, "The Consummation of Salvation," speaks with discerning insight and understanding of the Christian hope, the second coming, judgment, resurrection, and the consummation of salvation in the Kingdom of God.
This spiritually significant book will appeal with particular force to those who find it hard to see behind theological terms to the basic facts of faith. Bishop Newbigin, without "talking down" to the reader in any sense, brings clear meaning to these facts by means of a severe insistence upon honest expression of his own understanding, tempered by humility in the face of mystery and recognition of and identification with the difficulties and contradictions of the normal human nature, which seeks faith and yet resists it at the same time.
His book, written to help village teachers in India bear their responsibility for pastoral care of several thousand village congregations, carries, in spite of this, no imprint of the conscious primer. It will be of great value to lay people, church school teachers, ministers, learners in faith, and those interested in discovering just what Jesus' death on the cross really means to Christians, and what it could mean to others. For its clarity, planned continuity, and masterful organization, it will be of particular interest for church and student study groups of all denominations.« less