The concept of sin is one that today is frequently relegated to questions of theology and religious practice. However, it has also long been recognized by sociologists and historians as a foundational one in the formation of law, social organization, and social responses to deviance and crime.

What is Sin?

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, sin has been understood as an act of transgression against God or other people, as well as an ontological state of being. The former is most clearly epitomized in the Ten Commandments, as well as in ...

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