Sloth, envy, gluttony, greed, anger, lust, and pride: when and how were they first identified? Who grouped them together? Can we truly resist their pull? Renowned theologian Lawrence Cunningham explores these questions and others in his book, The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor's Guide.
Cunningham traces the roots of the seven deadly sins to the mystic experiences of the desert fathers, who—in total solitude—experienced and identified these corrupt inner desires as forces that twist us away from God. He offers examples and insights from scripture, Christian tradition, and modern life, helping readers meet each of the seven deadly sins with a corresponding virtue.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“One could not ask for a wiser or gentler companion.”
“Both conversant with the deep tradition and attuned to the particular challenges of our time, Cunningham is at his best in these fresh meditations on the seven deadly sins. Prepare yourself to meet Cassian, Dante, and Aquinas on one page, and contemporaries like Kathleen Norris and Oliver Stone on the next. One could not ask for a wiser or gentler companion in the joys and potential pitfalls of the spiritual life than Larry Cunningham.”
Author of Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton
“At a time when invective poses as ‘straight talk,’ and the rant replaces reasoned discourse, Lawrence Cunningham’s brilliant new meditation on the Seven Deadly Sins is pure gift. Moral confusion may be the defining weakness of our era, but here is a book that can lead us back to the light.”
Author of Simplifying the Soul