Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Nature

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"The Seven Deadly Sins"--greed, envy, lust, pride, sloth, gluttony, and anger--are still alive and thriving, and deadlier than ever. Scholar and practicing psychologist Schimmel draws on a wide variety of sources to analyze each sin, reveal its persistence in modern life, and teach the virtues needed to restrain it.

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According to Schimmel, the seven deadly sins underlie many of today's personal neuroses and social ills. Unlike those who call substance abuse a disease or an addiction, this psychotherapist points to sloth, greed and anger at work. Behind the passions evoked by the Persian Gulf war, he detects the sin of pride. He faults society for a massive failure of self-control and perceives the hand of envy, lust, gluttony and the other vices in rampant divorce, overeating, pornography, abuse of public trust and indifference to the suffering of others. A professor at Hebrew College in Massachusetts, Schimmel draws on the moral teachings of Judaism, Graecostet -Roman philosophy and Christianity, along with insights gleaned from his clinical practice and nuggets from Dante and Shakespeare. His point that the high self-esteem advocated by modern secular psychology often slipsok, or spills?/I like slips better.gs over into selfishness is well taken. More than an old-fashioned hellfire sermon, this is a surprising, humane handbook for self-transformation.
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Schimmel, a practicing psychotherapist, believes that early Jewish, Graeco-Roman, and Christian moralistic and philosophical instruction provides valuable insight into the human condition. He attempts "to translate its relevant teachings into an idiom that speaks to modern man while respecting his skepticism about religious dogma." The seven deadly sins, their destructive results, and psychological techniques for overcoming them provide the outline for the author's discussion, buttressed with anecdotes from his practice. The work ends with a discussion of sin and responsibility in terms of determinism versus free will. This is a well-argued attack on value-free theories of psychoanalysis for general religion and psychology collections.
- Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.
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