All Of Us Are Engaged In A Personal, Ongoing Battle With Sin And Vice The Seven Deadly Sins Lust, Greed, Envy, Anger, Pride, Gluttony, And Sloth Are Our Main Antagonists In This Struggle They Are Primary Causes Of Unhappiness And Immorality, And Because Of Their Pervasive Nature, Have Been Of Perennial Interest To Religious Thinkers, Philosophers, Dramatists, And Poets Although Our Anger Doesn T Make Most Of Us Murderers, Our Lust Doesn T Make Most Of Us Rapists, And Our Greed And Envy Don T Make Most Of Us Outright Criminals, They, Together With Gluttony, Arrogance, And Sloth, Often Make Us, And Those Who Have To Live With Us, Miserable One Need Only Read The Daily Paper To See That These Seven Sins Are Alive And Well, Deadlier Than Ever, Spawning Violence And Suffering, Illness And Anxiety, Loss Of Meaning And Depression An Arrogant Yuppie Considers Suicide After Losing His Job On Wall Street, Which Had Been The Fragile Basis Of His False Pride A Distinguished Senator And A Prominent Judge Destroy Their Careers And Wound Their Female Victims With Their Lust Millions Of Men And Women, Distraught About Their Body Image, Subject Themselves To Liposuction, Breast And Hair Implants Because Of Their Gluttony Or Vanity People At The Pinnacle Of Economic Power Fall Into The Abyss Of Prison Because They Could Not Control Their Avarice In The Seven Deadly Sins, Solomon Schimmel Explains Why Psychology Must Incorporate Many Of The Ethical And Spiritual Values Of Religion And Moral Philosophy If It Is To Effectively Address The Emotional Problems Faced By Modern Men And Women, Be They Believers Or Agnostics Drawing On The Psychological Insights Of The Bible, Aristotle, Maimonides, Aquinas, And Shakespeare, Among Others, He Shows How All Of Us Can Learn From Them About The Relationship Between Virtue And Psychological Well Being And Vice And Emotional Distress This Insightful And Fascinating Work Guides Us To Master Our Passions Rather Than Be Enslaved By Them So That We Can Become Humane And Build A Happier, Caring Society. Ok enough of how modern psychology can cure the ills of this world this book shows us how wisdom of Jewish religion, Greek philosophy, Christianity and even English literature can shed light on human nature, by discussing in detail the seven cardinal sins This bring us back to the responsibility of the sinner and addresses the problem at its core no excuses from genes and environment Listen to the moralists the solution doesn t lie in explaining and understanding sinful behaviour it lies in f
One of the best books on the deadly sins Schimmel discusses this classic list with great insight, using a variety of traditions including Jewish, Christian, and Classical to explore the psychological, social, and spiritual nuances. This is a must read. An interesting take on sin combining classical, Christian, Jewish, and modern viewpoints Parts of it were very informative, particularly the early Christian traditions and the differences between the various sects of Christianity as well as its contrast to Judaism Heading in, I already knew classical Greek and Roman thinkers had a very different take on sin It was interesting to see them side by side.Schimmel s take on modern psychology theory was interesting too It seems to treat a number of sins very differently from the religious traditions In particular, pride and anger are not considered sins but can be constructive according to some theories Clearly pride is seen as a positive quality nowadays in an age of self esteem, trophies for everyone, no negativity, and positive thinking.Anger is treated differently if the underlying issue or outrage justifies an angry response In that case the person is considered, passionate Envy is actively used by politicians, advertisers, and others to motivate people, rally support, and gain popularity Class warfare, race politics, and obsessions with inequality on any level inspires envy, but
Great reading Perhaps the best over the subject which is mesmerizing per se.
- 320 pages
- The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology
- Solomon Schimmel
- 19 May 2018 Solomon Schimmel