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Lay Confession
(400 words)

[German Version]

Since biblical times, the community of believers has considered the experience that sins hidden within the heart burden sinners, robbing them of vital energy and nurturing fears of divine judgment (Ps 32:3–6). Candid confession of guilt restores confidence and assurance. Talking about sins brings insight into implications that would otherwise remain hidden, opens paths to reconciliation, and gives comfort in situations of hopeless despair. Mutual confession of sins has therapeutic power (Jas 5:16).

In the history of theology, lay confession has gone th…

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Sattler, Dorothea, “Lay Confession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_22646>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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