THE British public no longer believes that the Seven Deadly Sins have any relevance to their lives and think they should be brought up to date to reflect modern society.
According to a new poll, the original list of cardinal sins - anger, gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, lust and greed - do not have the power they once had.
Instead, a new list of contemporary taboos has been drawn up to capture the essence of modern morality.
Perpetrators of the original sins were believed to suffer eternal damnation - but only greed has survived the ages to still be considered especially bad. The poll, commissioned by the BBC, found that people now believe cruelty - not one of the original seven - is Britain‚Äôs worst sin.