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Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature

Ronald Paulson


The confusion of sin and evil, or religious and moral transgression, is the subject of this book. It calls attention to the important distinction between sin and evil that in our times is largely ignored, and to the further confusion caused by the term “moral values.” Ranging widely through the history of Western literature, the book focuses particularly on American and English works of the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries to discover how questions of evil and sin, and evil and sinful behavior, have been discussed and represented. The book takes the reader from Greek and Roman traged ... More

Keywords: sin, evil, religious transgression, moral transgression, moral values, sinful behavior, good and evil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300120141
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300120141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald Paulson, author