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New Sins for the Modern Age

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The Catholic Church says there are seven deadly sins. These include pride, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, greed, and laziness. The church believes that all people should try to live a life free of these seven deadly sins. The original sins were written in the sixth century. But because church officials thought a more modern list was needed for the world of today, the Vatican has added several new sins.

You shall not pollute the Earth. You shall not have an abortion. These are only two examples from a longer list of sins which include buying, selling, and using drugs, and social and economic wrongs. These new sins differ from other, less sinful behavior.

The second in charge at the Vatican released the information on sins, modern evils, and forgiveness. He was strongly against cloning and stem cell research. The Catholic Church believes that these experiments destroy life, and thus they are a deadly evil. The church also believes that areas of biotechnology and genetics have unknown results, and scientists should avoid this type of research.

Some priests welcomed the new list of sins, as they realize that modernization is required to match the global world.

Preview some of the lesson material:

Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. One shouldn't harm the environment.
  2. It's sinful to harm the environment.
  3. The seven deadly sins are important for everyday life.
  4. You should always listen to spiritual leaders and institutions.
  5. Spiritual leads and institutions should make rules and guidelines about modern life.

Fill in the Blanks: Fill in the blank with the correct word.

  1. There are seven deadly sins, one of which is ( ).
  2. ( ), or jealousy, is a deadly sin, too.
  3. You shall not ( ) the Earth.
  4. The Catholic Church believes that these experiments ( ) life.
  5. Scientists should ( ) this type of research.
  6. They ( ) that modernization is required to match the global world.

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. What do you think of the seven deadly sins? Which is the worst? Why?
  2. What do you think about the new deadly sins? Which is the worst? Why?
  3. If you could fix one problem facing humankind, which problem would you fix? Why?
  4. If a spiritual leader said that pollution is a serious problem, would you not to pollute?
  5. If your country's leader said pollution is a serious problem, would try not to pollute?

Google Search: Type "deadly sins" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.

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