Crushing the Serpent
In a long Jewish tradition, which Christianity inherits, particular sins are wrongdoings, whether deliberate or accidental. But Christian teaching adds to this the idea of sin as an all-embracing condition, under which all our thoughts, feelings, and actions must operate. It names our complicity in forces greater than us which make it impossible to be entirely ‘pure’. To live in the world is to be embroiled in flawed structures and unruly desires, even as we rejoice in the truth, the goodness, and the beauty that is everywhere. These exhibitions explore both Jewish and Christian perspectives in biblical passages that shed light on our long history with, and of, sin.