What's become of the 'Seven Deadly Sins'?....
- Christianity's famous list of Seven Deadly Sins
fails to provide very useful guidelines of behavior
in both theory and in practice.
In practice, most churches today ignore the seven
deadly sins, eliminating even the potential for
applying them to the rich and powerful. When was
the last time you read or heard of any conservative
evangelical churches - usually very vocal about how
Christianity is needed for morality - say anything
against gluttony, greed, envy, or anger? The only
"deadly sin" which most have retained is lust, which
might explain why it's been expanded in so many
The theory isn't much better, though, because these
sins focus on people's inner, spiritual state to the
exclusion of their outward behavior -- not to mention
their impact on others. Thus anger is bad, but not
necessarily cruel and barbaric behavior which cause
suffering and death.