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Using numerous illustrations from everyday life as well as the social sciences, Peter examines the kinds of evil--both personal and societal--that we all confront on a daily basis.
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Peters (theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary) discusses sin from the perspective of its progressive development into radical evil through seven steps--anxiety, unfaith, pride, concupiscence, self-justification, cruelty, and blasphemy--suggestive of but not identical to the classic seven deadly sins. His presentation is distinguished by its contemporary considerations and his inclusion of the way individual sins may develop a life--or rather a death--of their own and become social evil. Peters is alert to self-righteous sins of projection and scapegoating as well as to their opposites. A wonderful book for committed lay readers and social critics as well as clergy. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802801135
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/19/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1. Introduction: Seven Steps to Radical Evil 1
2. Step One: Anxiety: The Fear of Loss 34
3. Step Two: Unfaith: When Trusting Becomes Difficult 65
4. Step Three: Pride: Making Myself Number One 86
5. Step Four: Concupiscence: Lusting after What They Have 123
6. Step Five: Self-Justification: Looking Good While Scapegoating Others 161
7. Step Six: Cruelty: Enjoying My Neighbor's Suffering 193
8. Step Seven: Blasphemy: Satanic Rituals and the Destruction of the Inner Soul 217
9. Forgiveness: Grace, Love, and Unfinished Business 263
10. Genes and Sin: More Unfinished Business 294
Index of Subjects and Names 329
Index of Scripture References 337
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