The Catholic Church has published a new set of Seven Deadly Sins, as you no doubt already know. I take this version of the list from a forum on the Australian queer site SameSame:
Here are the 7 new "modern" sins:
- Environmental pollution
- Genetic manipulation
- Accumulating excessive wealth
- Inflicting poverty
- Drug trafficking and consumption
- Morally debatable experiments
- Violation of fundamental rights of human nature
A mixed bag, in my view, and cynics might say a politically correct update of the medieval list. Well, it is probably a fair enough tool for discussion, but I really don’t hold to the "deadly sins" business at all, as a Protestant in background. That, of course, is not always a good background, as there have been times Protestants, Calvinists especially, are so besotted with "falling short of the glory of God", as the 17th century Westminster Shorter Catechism (Presbyterian) in part defines sin, that they worry about whether polishing shoes on a Sunday is a "sin" befitting eternal fires of hell. (Compare on the "new" Seven Deadlies Helen Raser on ABC Unleashed.)
Frankly, a God who worries about such thing is a neurotic God, in fact an unspeakably stupid God. And I prefer to think God is neither.
Yet I do believe in sin.
I may come back to that. Meanwhile, a theologian whom Barack Obama apparently has some time for — but of course if he is the Antichrist… — is the German-American colossus of 20th century theology, the in some respects conservative Reinhold Niebuhr. See Reinhold Niebuhr’s Doctrine of Sin, and for an overview The Boston Collaborative Encyclopedia of Modern Western Theology. From the latter:
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