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Is avarice a sin?

asked in avarice, sin, opinion

imfeduptoo answers:

"Although there is no definitive list of mortal sins, many believers accept the broad seven deadly sins or capital vices laid down in the 6th century by Pope Gregory the Great and popularised in the Middle Ages by Dante in The Inferno: lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride."

So, it is an accepted sin, but even if it wasn't I would consider it a sin because so many of the problems in the world are cause by the greed of the most powerful. And the greed *for* power.

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jacquesdor answers:

There is little in the Christian BIble to support the ┬┤seven deadly sins ┬┤tradition. In the 6th Century Pope Gregory the Great published his listing of the mortal sins according to the Catholic Church.
In all versions avarice, or greed, is certainly considered a sin.
Greed (or avarice, covetousness) is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that greed was "a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things." In Dante's Purgatory, the penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts. "Avarice" is more of a blanket term that can describe many other examples of greedy behavior. These include disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason,[citations needed] especially for personal gain, for example through bribery . Scavenging[citation needed] and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed. Such misdeeds can include simony, where one profits from soliciting goods within the actual confines of a church.

Supplement from 12/16/2008 01:15pm:

The source of my pasting above.

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