In pimping, errrrr, I mean promoting his book, "The Science of Sin," in Huffington Post essay, writer Simon Laham writes, "....Are you a sinner? The simple fact is that we all sin (or rather 'sin'), and we do it all the time. But fear not: the seven deadly sins aren't as bad for you as you might think.
This is the message of my new book, The Science of Sin [Three Rivers Press, $14.00]. Over the course of seven chapters, I take each of the deadly sins and review classic as well as cutting edge psychological research that highlights the upside of these allegedly mortal vices...."
Agitating at Huffington Post I commented on the essay this way,
"“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive." 1 Corinthians 10:23
Please. Saying that sin has an upside is like saying taking heroin has an upside. Yes, scientifically we can say that the chemicals produce a euphoric feeling for the user, for a brief time. Indulged in over time, heroin will destroy a person and often the lives those around them. We are all sinners, but their is ultimately nothing good about it for our minds, bodies or souls. That is why Jesus died, to save us from sin. Even knowing that does not give me license to sin at will without consequence.
Life should be about striving to not sin. We should not be celebrating it, or making it seem like it is not so bad. I would say that whether you believe in God or not. Believing that the big seven are some how good for you is foolish. It is like saying that Al Capone, who probably indulged notably in all seven, and yet gave lots to the poor, made him a good guy. Also, science cannot be used as a shield to hide behind for immoral behavior. That is a misuse of science. Oh, and by the way, saying you offer "cutting edge" research is a horrible cliche that makes you sound questionable."
Simon Laham wins my Stinky Sandwich Award: