Comments by Ellen Ott Marshall,
Claremont School of Theology, on Rev. John Blackwell's The
Noonday Demon: Recognizing and Conquering the Deadly Sin of
In one of the essays included in The
Noonday Demon, John Blackwell describes the reaction of
British colleagues to his work on sloth. “Without exception,” he
explains, “my inquirer expressed surprise. ‘It seems like a
strange book for an American to write. You Americans are so
busy. Your lives are filled with activity.” Dr. Blackwell then
draws on the work of Dorothy Sayers to distinguish between sloth
and idleness. Sloth is not just a lack of activity.
Review by Karen Clark Ristine, The
San Diego Union Tribune, May 16, 2004
Committed any deadly sins lately? Gluttony? Lust? Avarice?
Pride? Envy? Wrath? For most, the answer is probably yes to all
of the above. But what about sloth?
Of the deadly sins first identified by a
4th-century monk and later modified by a 6th-century pope, sloth
might be the one transgression most people think they can easily
dismiss. God only knows how busy we are. In the lives of most
21st-century Americans, there's hardly time for leisure, much