The Seven Deadly Sins: And How to Overcome Them

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Pride, greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth—although the so-called seven deadly sins were originally a medieval convention, contemporary culture still finds each sin attractive and evocative. Drawing on the Christian faith, this engaging study examines the origins and meaning behind each of the seven sins. Graham Tomlin also provides suggestions on how individuals might overcome their tendency to commit these sins in a practical and focused manner. Written in a thoughtful and measured style, ...

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Overview

Pride, greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony, and sloth—although the so-called seven deadly sins were originally a medieval convention, contemporary culture still finds each sin attractive and evocative. Drawing on the Christian faith, this engaging study examines the origins and meaning behind each of the seven sins. Graham Tomlin also provides suggestions on how individuals might overcome their tendency to commit these sins in a practical and focused manner. Written in a thoughtful and measured style, this is a compelling survey for anyone interested in philosophy and theology, or for those seeking ways to live a more positive life.

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Publishers Weekly

This sprightly introduction to the seven deadlies—and sin in general—is reminiscent of such mid-20th-century authors as J.B. Phillips and C.S. Lewis in its clear presentation, measured conversational tone and often startling analysis. Sin, says Tomlin, is not so much "breaking the rules" as "destructive habits" that isolate us from others. Looking at each of the traditional mortal sins in turn, Tomlin, principal of St. Paul's Theological Centre in London, describes not only the behavior ("if greed is the desire to be rich, pride is the desire to be richer than everyone else") but also its downside (envy "is the one sin on the list that has no pleasure in it whatsoever"). In addition, Tomlin suggests ways to overcome each sin. Gluttony, for example, is best challenged by observing Christian fasts, "to remind us that food needs to be kept in its place," and feasts, "to remind us that food is a very good thing." A potential classic, this little import may nevertheless annoy non-Anglophilic readers by its markedly British spellings, terminology and design. (July)

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Sin is no longer fashionable in modern pulpits, especially in this country: in today's mega-cathedrals, we prefer an upbeat Jesus who will tell us how to prosper in this life. It has taken the English theologian Tomlin, principal of St. Paul's Theological Centre and former member of Oxford University's Faculty of Theology, to remind us of the perils of the old seven deadlies-pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust, greed, and sloth. Tomlin's writing shows us how these dangers persist in contemporary life, but his remedies rest on time-tested ideas-repentance, faith, forgiveness, self-control, respect for others, liberality, and desire for God. Tomlin's strong, simple style should appeal to many Christian readers. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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"A sprightly introduction to the seven deadlies."  —Publishers Weekly

"Tomlin's strong, simple style should appeal to many Christian readers."  —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745956435
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 711,569
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Tomlin is the principal of St. Paul's Theological Center at Holy Trinity Brompton. His previous books include The Power of the Cross, Provocative Church, and Spiritual Fitness.

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