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1. Definition and Phenomenon

Guilt is to be understood in relation to the violation of a fixed norm or ideal, or to the failure to live up to it. It presupposes some authority that calls us to account, such as God, reason, nature, or human law (Rights, Human and Civil). In content it is hard to distinguish among criminal, political, moral, metaphysical, and religious guilt. Today g…

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Bron, Bernhard, “Guilt”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G296>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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