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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, July 26, 2009
    Deadly sins of capital

    Treated by (new) family to a first visit to St Peter's Lynchmere I lingered at this relief carving of seven monks' heads, typifying the Seven deadly sins. The locals nicked it from a church in the south of France a century ago. Disturbed by this display (feeling guilty of at least two or three of these sins and quite attracted to some of the others) I was then comforted by our host Alan's observation that the seven deadly sins is not a biblical concept - 'they're the sins of capital', the sins which the owners of the means of production put onto their wage-slaves to apply the pressure to get more out of them. Thus absolved from any personal deficiencies of character I happily went on to investigate the war memorial, bell-ropes, stained glass of that 900-year-old receptacle of history.