Pride's progress

Oliver O'Donovan*

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Sin has infinite variety, but is also a unified phenomenon. As a way of displaying both these aspects, the vice-lists of the New Testament explore patterns by which sin unfolds in a sequence of diverse but connected forms. The eschatological vice-list of 2 Timothy 3 treats this as an unfolding of the sin of pride from an immanent form (love of self) to a socially concrete one (love of pleasure). Exploring this train of thought in further detail, we find room within the progress of pride for the love of money and the love of war.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalStudies in Christian Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • Money
  • Pleasure
  • Pride
  • Self-love
  • Sin
  • Vices


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