Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies

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Overview

The traditional teachings on the seven deadly sins, or capital vices, compiled by Christian luminaries such as Augustine, Pope Gregory I, and Aquinas, offer a strong foundation for recognizing virtues to cultivate and vices to avoid. Unfortunately, contemporary culture trivializes, psychologizes, or even dismisses the seven deadly sins as if they have no serious moral or spiritual implications. Glittering Vices clears that misconception with a brief history of the vices and an informative, edifying chapter on each mortal sin. Through this eye-opening book, readers will be able to correctly identify and resist the deeply rooted patterns of sin that are at work in their lives.

"Glittering Vices is a lucid, historically informed, and well-illustrated exploration of the seven deadly vices. DeYoung's book will unquestionably help teachers, students, and laypersons toward the Socratic and Christian goal of self-examination. This is an invaluable guide for anyone seeking self-understanding, spiritual growth, and philosophical insight."--W. Jay Wood, Wheaton College

"Rebecca DeYoung here gives us an in-depth, informing, and frequently fascinating look at the vices and why they glitter. For the believer, reading her words will become, in and of itself, an act of spiritual formation."--Phyllis Tickle, author of Greed

"This book is a treat for the mind and a tonic for the soul, recovering and refining riches in the Christian tradition almost lost from view. It is not often that one reads a work that is as intellectually deep and sharp as this one, but which is also intensely practical: helping its readers become the persons they were created to be."--C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"This lively introduction to the Christian psychology behind the capital vices, or deadly sins, engages contemporary film and fiction even as it sifts the wisdom of Aquinas, Gregory, and Cassian. In DeYoung, the rich tradition of self-examination through the lens of the capital vices has found a contemporary advocate, faithful and wise."--Robert B. Kruschwitz, director of the Center for Christian Ethics, Baylor University

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Two new books look seriously at the Christian vices and virtues. Ellingsen's only jestingly invokes sin; this work, by the author of When Did Jesus Become Republican? and Reclaiming Our Roots, is a thoughtful and well-articulated attempt to retrieve the Evangelical movement of Christianity from the ethos of Rick Warren and The Purpose-Driven Life, as well as the "Gospel of Prosperity," freeing oneself by surrendering one's will to God. It should be helpful to many readers. DeYoung (philosophy, Calvin Coll.), who penned the "Seven Deadly Sins" article in the Encyclopedia of Christianity, offers a serious, scripturally based revisitation of the perils conservative Christians face from the traditional deadly sins. Ellingsen is recommended for most collections; DeYoung will be suitable for many as well.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432323
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 253,281
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She wrote the "seven deadly sins" entry for the Encyclopedia of Christianity and collaborated with two of her seminary students to develop a high school/college curriculum on the subject.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Gifts from the Desert: The Origins and History of the Vices Tradition
Envy: Feeling Bitter When Others Have it Better
Vainglory: Image is Everything
Sloth: Resistance to the Demands of Love
Avarice: I Want It All
Anger: Holy Emotion or Hellish Passion?
Gluttony: Feeding Your Face and Starving Your Heart
Lust: Smoke, Fire, and Ashes
Epilogue
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