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Penitence
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[German Version]

Penitence, like the related terms contrition, repentance, regret, and remorse (cf. Ger. Reue), denotes a common human feeling in which a person feels painfully affected by the effects of his or her actions or attitudes, and is moved to wish these things had not happened and to attempt to revise them in future behavior or make good their effects. The concept of penitence presupposes the processual nature of personal being (Process), which in the…

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Huxel, Kirsten, “Penitence”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024620>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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