Seven deadly sins

The Seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices, or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings. According to the standard list, they are pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth.

Notably, the reason why these sins are “deadly”... is rooted in Christianity. They are deadly because they have the power to “maim” or “kill” the divine spirit present in all men and women. ~ Naveed Saleh

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  • The deadly sins were those sins which the rabbis and early Church Fathers felt led to damnation. They are usually based on the ten commandments. There are numerous references to them in Jewish and Christian writings of the age...
    • Morton W. Bloomfield, references The Origin of the Concept of the Seven Cardinal Sins, Harvard Theological Review], (April 1941)
  • The Church was not completely successful in purging the seven cardinal sins of their astrological origin, for surprisingly enough, beginning in the fourteenth century, the planets are linked to the sins more distinctly than ever before in Christian literature. In fact, the best examples come from this time. Where the association existed in the interval, unless it be an accidental rewelding or in Arabic astrological lore, I cannot guess.
    • Morton W. Bloomfield, references The Origin of the Concept of the Seven Cardinal Sins, Harvard Theological Review], (April 1941)
  • The concept of sin is a hard sell to atheists and agnostics alike. But... the seven deadly sins—has entered the collective consciousness regardless of belief. The origins of the seven deadly sins are nebulous and likely trace back to before Hellenistic Greece. The traditional seven deadly sins—as portrayed in Dante’s Inferno and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—include pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. Although this list has gone through various iterations in Christian liturgy, its foundations are more archetype than religious history... In the Old Testament, seven spirits of deceit are mentioned including fornication, gluttony, fighting, vain-glory, pride, lying, and injustice. This list likely influenced Evagrius Ponticus to write about the following eight categories of evil thoughts: gluttony, lust, greed, sorrow, wrath, pride, vain-glory, and sloth.... Notably, the reason why these sins are “deadly” (and not merely damaging) is rooted in Christianity. They are deadly because they have the power to “maim” or “kill” the divine spirit present in all men and women.

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