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 Visitors 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.
Lawrence S. Cunningham
Lawrence S. Cunningham is the John A. O'Brien Emeritus Professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. A leading US scholar and award-winning professor, Cunningham is best known for his work in the areas of systematic theology and culture, Catholic spirituality, and Catholic saints.
Cunningham has edited or written over twenty-five books and is the Christianity editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions. His most recent books are Things Seen and Unseen and An Introduction to Catholicism. Cunningham has won three Catholic Press Association awards for religious writing and has been the “Booknotes” columnist forCommonweal for over ten years.
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.
- Paula Huston, Author of Simplifying the Soul
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.
- Christopher Pramuk, Author of Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton