Title: The Seven Deadly Sins Today
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press October 1988
0268016984 / 9780268016982
Seller ID: 126181
Journalist and essayist Henry Fairlie has set himself to writing a social critique on the problem of sin in a society dominated by the mechanics of psychology -- the tendency of which is to deny the human soul any significance beyond what can be diagnosed and explained. To understand the destructive nature of sin, says Fairlie, we must first be able to conceive human nature ''as so rich and intricate that there is something in [it] that can be terribly destroyed.'' He makes the point (in accord with John Cassian, Gregory the Great, Dante and Chaucer) that the seven deadly sins are leashed together, and that by committing one, we feel the rippling effect of them all. So if, as Fairlie states, ''Sin is our secret from others. Only we know where, and how deeply, it has taken root in us,'' it is our honest work to recognize and wrestle with the evil in our natures in order to form characters capable of good. Examining the seven deadlies in their original order -- Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony and Lust -- he further categorizes them as either ''cold'' (egotistical rejections of community) or ''warm'' (physical gratifications that can devour us spiritually). Farlie's writing engages the subject with striking economy and strength. He does not claim to be a Christian, but the truth he tells shines. He is well-read in his sources and unwavering in premise: ''Sin is the wreckage of the love of which we are capable.'' Understanding this is our ''summons to life.'' 216 pp.