At a time when I’m feeling less than positive about my community and American society, I also notice a LOT of anecdotal information on sin:
1) Pope Francis is encouraging his flock to be more pious in a major church document.
2) Michael Soule, a rigorous scientist and the ‘father’ of conservation biology, is writing a book about sin. He is sincerely distressed at the new thinking in ecology represented by Peter Karieva (TNCs Chief Scientist) and efforts like the Natural Capital Project.
3) This clever (but not very deep) mapping of the seven deadly sins in America.
I can’t help but notice that the Mid-Atantic East Coast (DC area) seems to have a corner on the deadly sin market.