The Seven Deadly Sins

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The following was printed in "The Anglican Digest" for Eastertide A.D. 1981 page 12.

The list [of the Seven Deadly Sins] has been used since the time of Gregory the Great (540-604). They are also called the "root sins" because they are the primary instincts which give rise to all the sins which we commit. They are: Pride, Gluttony, Sloth, Covetousness, Anger, Lust and Envy. The late Kenneth Kirk, 42nd Bishop of Oxford and the most distinguished Anglican moral theologian of the century, points out that each of them is the parent of many others:

Pride
gives rise to presumption, hypocrisy, obstinacy, quarrelsomeness and disobedience. top
Gluttony
prompts drunkenness, vain joy, imaturity, selfishness and love of ease. top
Sloth
suggests hatred of spiritual things, weakness in prayer, dullness of spirit, moral cowardice and dispair. top
Covetousness
sustains fear of loss, anxiety, worldly sorrow, callousness, dishonesty and uncharitableness. top
Anger
eggs on suspicion, ingratitude, resentment, mental agitation and rancor. top
Lust
encourages blindness of mind, hardness of heart, inconstancy and cruelty. top
Envy
says "right on" to falsehood, calumny, evil interpretation and contempt. top
--The Anvil (Diocese of British Columbia)
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