Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

Living Edition
| Editors: Marco Sgarbi


  • Risto SaarinenEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_208-1


In late medieval and early modern Western thought, sin is a religious concept that needs to be understood against the background of biblical writings and the doctrinal traditions of the churches. Rather than attempting an in-depth analysis of the most sophisticated theological and philosophical discussions, the present entry offers a basic conceptual framework in which such discussions take place between 1300 and 1650. The positions of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Johann Eck, and Ignatius of Loyola are briefly described.


Harmful Emotion Personal Guilt Modern Theologian Sinful Person Evil Thought 
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Primary Literature

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • David A. Lines
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian Studies, School of Modern Languages and CulturesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom