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Something Old, Something NewContemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity$
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Wayne Glausser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190864170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190864170.001.0001

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The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Summa Theologica Meets Scientific American

(p.119) Chapter 6 The Seven Deadly Sins
Something Old, Something New

Wayne Glausser

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on an old and a new approach to analyzing the seven deadly sins: Thomas Aquinas’s medieval theology, and contemporary cognitive science. As different as the two perspectives might seem, they share a common indebtedness to Aristotle, and they entangle more compellingly than one might have expected. Certain themes occupy and key problems vex both theology and science. The chapter first sets out the Aristotle connection, then engages in comparative analyses of Aquinas and science for each of the deadly sins. Although there is no single, definitive text for contemporary cognitive science that has the authority of the Summa Theologica, a recent issue of Scientific American provides a helpful window onto recent work by psychologists and neuroscientists that relates to the deadly sins.

Keywords:   seven deadly sins, Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, cognitive science, Scientific American, Aristotle

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