The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring
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 Bazyn's The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring is more indebted to literature...
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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 Bazyn's 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.' 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.
Ken Bazyn is Editorial Director of the Religious Book Club. He has edited two anthologies, The Best of Paul Tournier and You and Your. He has also published more than 80 articles in periodicals such as Commonweal and Dialog.
- 1. Everyman's Dilemma; 2. Guilt Unraveled; 3. Pride: The Way Up Is Down; 4. The Faultfinder; 5. Envy: The Secret Sin; 6. The Overzealous Eglistarian, Or Leveller; 7. An Antidote To Anger; 8. Violence Begets More Violence; 9. Avarice: The Gleaming Deception; 10. The Workaholic; 11. Lust: From Attraction To Commitment; 12. The Hedonist Or Aesthete; 13. Gluttony, Or The Strong Craving; 14. The Faster And Various Imitators; 15. Sloth, Or Don't Lose Heart; 16. The Despondent; 17. St Satan Pray For Me; 18. Flaming Love