The Post/Modern Cuss Word: Sin

Here are a few parts of a very interesting article found back in the 12/12/1991 issue of The Wall Street Journal. It was an editorial entitled “The Joy of What?” Note: the article is probably rated PG-13, so if you want to pass it along, google it and read it before you do so.

“Sin isn’t something that many people, including most churches, have spent much time talking about or worrying about through the years of the [sexual] revolution. But we will say this for sin; it at least offered a frame of reference for personal behavior. When the frame was dismantled, guilt wasn’t the only thing that fell away; we also lost the guidewire of personal responsibility.”

“Among intellectuals and commmentators, judgment was long ago replaced by therapy. Ministers and priests gave way (voluntarily) to clinics and counselors. Instead of giving your kid a dressing-down [a sound scolding], you now give him (or her) a condom. The ministers of the therapeutic say the dressing-down is useless because the kids don’t know what you’re talking about anyway. By now, they may be right.”

“The United States has a drug problem and a high-school-sex problem and a welfare problem and an Aids problem and a rape problem. None of this will go away until more people in the positions of responsibility are willing to come forward and explain, in frankly moral terms, that some of the things people do nowadays are wrong.”

shane lems

sunnyside wa

3 Replies to “The Post/Modern Cuss Word: Sin”

  1. David Wells was on top of this well over a decade ago in his ‘ No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical theology?’. He was followed by Cornelius Plantinga,Jr. and his book ‘Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin’.


  2. I’ve read Plantinga’s book and have appreciated it very much. Wells is still on my “to purchase and read” list . . . sigh . . . time to get on this! :)

    Thanks for the titles, Gary!


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