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The Seven Deadly Sins Today

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Sin, like death, is an unassailable fact of life. It is also one of the last great taboos for public debate. In this compelling book, the Henry Fairlie shows that it is possible and necessary to talk about sin in ways that enrich our societies and our personal lives. Fairlie relates these ancient sins to the central issues of contemporary life: liberal vs. conservative pol ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by University of Notre Dame Press (first published October 31st 1979)
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Tim
Aug 30, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
You would think this book, written in the late 70s, would feel more dated, but its skewering of American self-involvement, blindness, and sin hardly feels dated at all (the internet has only heightened American ability to pursue these distortions of love). Even though he does not claim Christian faith, Fairlie's knowledge of the history of the sins is deep and extensive, and his obvious ability to bring the particular sins to bear on the modern world is helped by his excellent style and biting j ...more
Kathy
May 29, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
This is a hard book to read. The catalog of sins is heavy, the indictment of our culture is ruthless, the self-questioning one undergoes is piercing. Fairlie's analysis is fascinating and instructive.

Interestingly, Fairlie is a self-described "reluctant unbeliever." He believes there are sins, but primarily from a psychological standpoint. In other words, sin is bad because it is betrayal on one's own self. He can't quite bring himself to acknowledge that there must be a law-giver in order for t
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Daniel
Nov 01, 2009 Daniel rated it really liked it
What a solid book. Fairlie's keen powers of perception do a lot for understanding the ways in which our culture avoids discussing particular sins, and the ways that sin manages to engrave itself upon the individual and social conscience when we reject the discussion of it.
Norm
Aug 29, 2008 Norm rated it really liked it
A good way to promote self examination is to read this book. Practical, not ponderous, yet well researched with many helpful observations
Erik
Nov 12, 2009 Erik marked it as to-read
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 10, as one of Eight Books on Evil and Suffering.
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