When we last saw our hero, he was busy asking questions about rage that got him into trouble, ultimately leading to his capture by a mutant bird with E.S.P.
Well, that may have to be the graphic novel version of my Rage Talks–why stop the multimedia tour with just text?
Unfortunately, neither Chris Ware nor Craig Thompson have agreed to illustrate anything of mine, so for now, you’ll have to settle for the stunning, textual conclusion to Rage in the Digital Age, published over at State of Formation. Here’s the beginning to part 2, “The New Sin of Being in the Moment“:*
It may sound cavalier to suggest that the heavenly virtues that so many people have held to for so long are not actually the antidote to “vices,” and that even viewing them on opposing poles could be quite dangerous and self-defeating. However, the background on how the Seven Deadly Sins came about is not some canonical canyon. For one, the biblical precedent for the 7DS is hard to pin down. There is a list of seven in Proverbs, but they don’t sync with the current list. Galatians has many more in common, but a lot more than seven.
In the 4th century, the monk Evagrius Ponticus put together a list he titled the Eight Bad Thoughts. Two centuries later, Pope Gregory I edited and combined ideas from this list, renaming it the Seven Deadly Sins. This is the list that we know today, and that was used most famously in Dante’s Divina Commedia.
So: Eight Bad Thoughts into Seven Deadly Sins. Seems like a bit of a jump. Read More