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Dorothy Sayers on Gay Marriage? The Other Six Deadly Sins

This post has Christians in mind who support traditional marriage.  Gay marriage proponents and non-Christians are not in view.  Read the following with this in mind.


Recent developments on the ‘gay marriage’ front, and developments over the last decade, reminded me of an essay written by that insightful Christian critic Dorothy Sayers way back in the 1940s.  Here is the relevant portion:

The Other Six Deadly Sins

Perhaps the bitterest commentary on the way in which Christian doctrine has been taught in the last few centuries is the fact that to the majority of people the word immorality has come to mean one thing and one thing only.  By a hideous irony, our shrinking reprobation of that sin has made us too delicate so much as to name it, so that we have come to use for it words that were made to cover the whole range of human corruption.  A man may be greedy and selfish; spiteful, cruel, jealous, and unjust; violent and brutal; grasping, unscrupulous, and a liar;  stubborn and arrogant; stupid, morose, and dead to every noble instinct–and still we are ready to say of him that he is not an immoral man.  I am reminded of a young man who once said to me in perfect simplicity:  “I did not know there were seven deadly sins;  please tell me the names of the other six.”

About the sin called luxuria or lust, I shall therefore say only three things.  First, that it is a sin, and that it ought be called plainly by its own name, and neither huddled away under a generic term such as immorality, nor confused with love.

Secondly, that up till now the Church, in hunting down this sin, has had the active alliance of Caesar, who has been concerned to maintain family solidarity and the orderly devolution of property in the interests of the state.  But now that contract and not status is held to be the basis of society, Caesar need no longer rely on the family to maintain social solidarity; and now that so much property is held anonymously by trusts and joint stock companies, the laws of inheritance lose a great deal of their importance.  Consequently, Caesar is now much less interested than he was in the sleeping arrangements of his citizens, and has in this manner cynically denounced his alliance with the Church.  This is a warning against putting one’s trust in any child of man–particularly in Caesar.  If the Church is to continue her campaign against lust, she must do so on her own–that is, on sacramental–grounds; and she will have to do it, if not in defiance of Caesar, at least without his assistance.

Quoted out of The Whimsical Christian.

I concur.

My friends, if this was the case in the 1940s, and I suppose it probably was, then I think we can safely say we are at this point today.    Regardless of what SCOTUS says this June, I suggest we consider making an orderly retreat, and then….


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