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Should Pride Be Considered The First Of All Sins

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In this week’s reading, one particular argument of Aquinas’ that caught my attention is whether pride is the first of all sins. Saint Thomas Aquinas concludes that pride is, in fact, “the beginning of all sin” (Q162, A7). For the reasons presented hereafter, I agree with Aquinas’ position that pride should be considered the first sin. To begin with, one objection to the fact that pride is the first sin is that not all sins originate from pride. I do not think that this factor should be considered when deciding whether pride is first. More importantly, it is should be noted that all sins have the potential to arise out of pride. In Glittering Vices, DeYoung declares that “vainglory needs to be pulled out at the root, which means cutting it
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