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Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring
     

Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring

by Ken Bazyn
 

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ISBN-10: 0826414370

ISBN-13: 2900826414372

Pub. Date: 10/23/2002

Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group

Who was it who asked, "Why does the devil have all the good tunes?"The seven "deadly sins" are not to be found in scripture as such, but they have been a staple of Christian preaching since the early church. Ken BazynÆs The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring is more indebted to literature than to personal experience, ethics, or the contemporary

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Who was it who asked, "Why does the devil have all the good tunes?"The seven "deadly sins" are not to be found in scripture as such, but they have been a staple of Christian preaching since the early church. Ken BazynÆs The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring is more indebted to literature than to personal experience, ethics, or the contemporary obsession with psychology. Drawing upon a vast storehouse of reading from a wide variety of disciplines, Bazyn offers a "thick description" of each of these "root" sins, setting them in a broad temporal, cultural, and human context. The range of reference is enormous. We are as likely to encounter Madame Bovary as Evagrius Ponticus, Jay Gatsby as Blaise Pascal, Francois Truffaut as Francis of Assisi, testifying to the perennial nature of the temptation to pride or anger, gluttony or sloth. We succumb to them over and over partly, says the author quoting Jorge Luis Borges, because "our minds are porous with forgetfulness." With the widespread adoption of the Revised Common Lectionary, topical preaching--on the creed, the ten commandments, the beatitudes--has fallen out of use. Thus the even greater need for a book like The Seven Perennial Sins. Without ever moralizing, by means of anecdote and story, the book provides a serious, but often amusing, account of the dark side of the human comedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900826414372
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/23/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1.Everyman's Dilemma15
2.Guilt Unraveled24
3.Pride: The Way up Is Down35
4.The Faultfinder46
5.Envy, the Secret Sin57
6.The Overzealous Egalitarian, or Leveler67
7.An Antidote to Anger78
8.Violence Begets More Violence89
9.Avarice, the Gleaming Deception99
10.The Workaholic109
11.Lust: From Attraction to Commitment120
12.The Hedonist or Aesthete130
13.Gluttony, the Strong Craving140
14.The Faster and Various Imitators149
15.Sloth: Don't Lose Heart158
16.The Despondent169
17.St. Satan, Pray for Me178
18.Flaming Love188
Acknowledgments200
Notes201
Index240

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