The world God created was good. Humankind lived at peace, in harmony with its Creator. But scripture tells of a mysterious intrusion, an insinuation into human consciousness of mistrust towards God and alienation from His creatures. Something out-of-place enters the picture, not a new, creative possibility but a disfigurement, a warping. Christians have referred to this sterile distortedness as hamartia (Gk.), literally a “falling-short” or “sin”. They experience it variously as weakness of will, a sinister power and even a kind of slavery. Although deliverance from it is attained through baptism, sin’s shadow lingers on in a variety of futile longings.