Warren in Hamilton: Commonalities Between Addiction and Sin

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT: The Hamilton Science Faith Forum and CSCA present a lecture by CSCA President E. Janet Warren (MD, PhD).

“I Do the Things I Do Not Want to Do”: Commonalities Between Addiction and Sin.

Addiction in its various manifestations, although prevalent in society, is a complex and incompletely understood condition. Interestingly, so is sin. Both are more than simple choice, both can be described as larger than life, and both can be considered counterfeit means to ease discomfort. I suggest that understanding the behavioural/psychological aspects of addiction can inform our theological understandings of sin and vice versa. Considering addiction as a means to avoid emotional pain can shed light on our own sinful behaviours and guide those providing spiritual counselling.

E. Janet Warren (MD, PhD), current president of the CSCA, is a Family Physician with extensive experience in multiple clinical settings. She is also an independent scholar in Christian theology with a particular interest in the integration of psychology and theology.