Q&A: What is Hamartiology?

What is Hamartiology?

Question

My pastor has talked about his study of hamartiology. What did he mean?

Answer

Hamartiology comes from the Greek word hamartia which means "missing the mark" and is the study of the doctrine of sin. It encompasses topics such as the Fall, degrees of sin, original sin, and human accountability for sin. It is interested in such questions as the nature, the extent, the pollution, the guilt of sin, and whether God "ordained" sin, while not being its author,

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).