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In Defense of Sin

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Intriguing, and occasionally unsettling, In Defense of Sinis a refreshingly frank exploration of some real facts of life. Portmann gathers an on-target collection of great writers on transgressions large and small. Read about defenses for promiscuity, greed, deceit, gossip, lust, breaking the golden rule, and more--and use this unusual guide to decide for yourself if sin h ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 7th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published September 2001)
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In Defense of Sin is guilty of bait-and-switch. The book purports to be an anthology of writings (both essays and snippets from classic literature) extolling the virtues of what are commonly regarded as sins—greed, deceit, adultery, suicide, and more. It’s an intriguing idea, but few and far between are the writings that truly speak to this end. To cite one egregious example, the section titled “In Defense of Lust” features an essay that argues not that lust has some sort of intrinsic merit or i ...more
Reading this book, with it's 'interesting' title, apparently gives soccer mom's on the bus the right to judge you and your sinful ways. Even when you explain that it's good to get different perspectives on your so-called beliefs. This did not sway said soccer mom, and now there's at least one person in the world that believes I am hell-bound.

Other than that, the book is an interesting collection of texts on a number of traditional sins. I can't say that it always changed my mind, but it was nic
there were a few thought provoking essays, but by and large, I felt like they missed the mark. For one egregious example, Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" is offered as the essay in defense of murder. Um, no.

A better choice would have been something examining the issue of assisted suicide, capital punishment, or any number of morally gray issues relating to actual murder.
received as a gift, didn't find its discussions very compelling
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