ISBN-10:
1587432323
ISBN-13:
9781587432323
Pub. Date:
06/01/2009
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies

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

by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587432323
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 114,249
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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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