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Avoiding awkward questions — 2 Comments

  1. I always thought that the reason suicide was considered a sin was because it indicated the person had rejected the possibility of God’s grace (though also because killing is wrong, including killing yourself). In Cassian’s classification there are eight deadly sins, and the unfamiliar extra sin is dejection or depression (which, interestingly, he presents as a malady that needs to be healed: so in some ways not so very different from the modern conception of depression as an illness).

  2. Thanks, Dot, that sounds consistent with the Christendom approach to people that said they had to be compelled to believe.

    I didn’t realize until recently that suicide, and attempted suicide, were criminal offence in England until 1961.

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