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Sin, Guilt, and Forgiveness
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[German Version]

I. Terminology

Sin is a human breach of relationship with God. The term is emptied of content if it is used only for moral lapses. Only if a moral transgression in the mundane world is understood as a dimension of human alienation from God can it properly be called sin. The fundamental act of s…

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Krötke, Wolf, Hock, Klaus, Grund, Alexandra, Metzner, Rainer, Holze, Heinrich, Abraham, Martin, Sievernich, Michael, Avemarie, Friedrich, Börner-Klein, Dagmar and Zchomelidse, Nino, “Sin, Guilt, and Forgiveness”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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