Books: Theological Yardstick

THE SPANIARD AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS by Fernando D/az-P/a/a. 223 pages. Scribner's. $4.50.

"For many years, we Spaniards have done nothing but praise ourselves. Maybe it's as well, after so much flouting of our virtues, for us to meditate on our sins." Author Diaz-Plaja, after due meditation, decided that Spanish sins are very human sins, and, when practiced by Spaniards, almost virtues.

Historian, anthologist and member of the Spanish Academy of Letters, Diaz-Plaja uses as his yardstick the seven deadly sins of medieval theology. His countrymen, he says, are completely free of the sin of avarice, largely because it conflicts with their...

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