First published in 1985, this book asks what the contemporary relevance of the thoroughly-medieval sounding "seven deadly sins" still is. In modern times, religious people have tended to steer clear of excessive talk about sin, yet, Slack argues, these "deadly sins" are all still very real for people today. Slack sees these sins as misapplications of proper and natural drives. They are "deadly" in that they are inimical to life, and what it is to be truly alive. A chapter is devoted to each sin: pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. Twenty years on, some of the "up to date" references are now rather dated. But this is an excellent book, still well worth reflecting on.
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