Perspectives on Sin’ Gives Context to Different Faiths

The Perception of Sin Lyceum took place in Memorial Chapel this past Thursday, Sept. 22. There were 45 students in attendance, as well as many faculty, staff and community members.

Fred Kellogg, a retired Emory & Henry College Religion professor, and Joe Reiff, head chair of the Religion department, were the guest speakers for the Perception of Sin Lyceum. Fred Kellogg spoke on what is considered a sin in Islam, in which there is only one unforgivable sin as dictated by Allah. This unforgivable sin is associating others with God, as it violates the primary tenet of Islam which is the Unity of God.

The other sins of Islam are murder, adultery, theft, bearing false witness, engaging in magic or fortune-telling, abandoning the battlefield during a time of war, drinking alcohol and disrespecting one’s parents.

Alternatively, Joe Reiff spoke on what is considered a sin in Christianity. Reiff discussed how Christian’s fears can turn into sin and how their faith can help overcome those fears. According to Reiff’s talk, fear becomes a sin when it gets in the way with your relationship with God and your family and friends.

“This lyceum helped show students that Jews, Christians, and Muslims share ethics and common understandings,” said Kellogg.

On the other hand, Reiff focused on the benefits of discussing the Christian faith in this lyceum. “This lyceum helped show students who attended realize that sin and fear can come together as one when Christians allow fears to separate from God and their family and friends may cause problems in the world,” said Reiff.

“It was cool to see the differences and similarities between Christianity and Islam. Both speakers touched on how to accept others and that we need to break the walls of exclusion,” said first-year Alex Sprinkle.

The next two installments of the Perspective of Sin lyceum will be on October 25 and November 29.

– Olivia Kinser

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