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Author(s): von Soosten, Joachim
The Concept-Symbol 1. From the religious viewpoint, sin designates the manifold forms of deviation from juridical, social, moral, and intra-religious norms. Connected with the conceptual address of sin, then, is the religious discourse upon the normative, the ritual, juridical, moral, and social construction of order and disorder. Interpretational work on the concept-symbol sin is bound up with ritual practices and procedures for the re-production of the social order and the religious salvific order, in the form of sanction and punishment, sacrifice and gift, confes…


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Author(s): von Soosten, Joachim
Category “Guilt” 1. The essential notes of the category of guilt are two. For one, ‘guilt’ evinces the person as the author of a delinquency to whom the consequences of his or her actions must be ascribed even beyond the concrete deed. For another, ‘guilt’ indicates the instances before which the person becomes guilty. Guilt stands the person before a court of justice—God, others, and one's own ego (→ Conscience)—before which his or her responsibility can be established and attributed for the consequences of an act or omission. This attribut…