Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Sin, Overview

  • Todd DuBose
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_651


A reflection on sin has much to offer critical psychology and can provide interesting interdisciplinary bridges between psychology, religious studies, and philosophy on this topic. In spite of the many interpretations and assumptions about what sin really is, or if it is, it is rare indeed to see sin as a topic of discussion very much anymore in academic circles, and this discussion is particularly absent in the field of psychology – except when pointing out sin as an archaic word used to describe psychopathology. The movement away from discussions of sin was noted by Karl Menninger (1978) in his now well-known book, Whatever became of sin?, when he argued that the slow dismissal of sin as a topic of concern and reflection has led consequentially to multiple destructive troubles in society. Paul Ricouer’ s (1986) foundational study of evil in his book, The Symbolism of Evil, takes up the discussion of sin as historically and symbolically being seen as forms of tainting....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA