What is confession?

  • (noun): A document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century).
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Confession

A confession is a statement made by a person acknowledging some personal fact that the person would prefer to keep hidden. The term is generally associated with an admission of a moral or legal wrong. A legal confession is an admission of some wrongdoing that has legal consequence, while a confession in religion is usually more akin to a ritual by which the person acknowledges thoughts or actions considered sinful or morally wrong within the confines of the confessor's religion. Socially, however, the term may refer to admissions that are neither legally nor religiously significant. For example, a person might "confess" to their peer group that they enjoy a particular reality TV show, or that they ate the last piece of cheesecake.

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Confession (disambiguation)
... A confession is a statement made by a person acknowledging some personal fact that the person would prefer to keep hidden ... Confession may also refer to Confession (law) Confession (religion) Confession of faith ...
Confession
... A confession is a statement made by a person acknowledging some personal fact that the person would prefer to keep hidden ... A legal confession is an admission of some wrongdoing that has legal consequence, while a confession in religion is usually more akin to a ritual by which the person acknowledges thoughts ...
Lay Confession - Roman Catholic View
... From the Roman Catholic standpoint, lay confession is of historical interest only ... It is found under two forms first, confession without relation to the sacrament, second, confession intended to supply for the sacrament in case of necessity ... In the first instance, it consists of confession of venial sins or daily faults which need not necessarily be submitted to the power of the keys in the second, it has to do with the confession ...
Lay Confession
... Lay confession is confession in the religious sense, made to a lay person. ...
Liturgical Calendar (Lutheran) - "Saints" in The Liturgical Calendar
... documents of the Lutheran Church, particularly the Augsburg Confession, accept both the general and particular use of the word saints ... In regards to the titular sense, the Augsburg Confession commends that "it should be taught among us that saints should be kept in remembrance so that our faith may be strengthened when we see what grace ... of us in his own calling." Article XXI of The Apology to the Augsburg Confession goes further to describe three types of honor which are due to the saints and acknowledgment ...

More definitions of "confession":

  • (noun): An admission of misdeeds or faults.
  • (noun): (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution.
  • (noun): A public declaration of your faith.
  • (noun): A written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party.

Famous quotes containing the word confession:

    A confession has to be part of your new life.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951)

    The glance is natural magic. The mysterious communication established across a house between two entire strangers, moves all the springs of wonder. The communication by the glance is in the greatest part not subject to the control of the will. It is the bodily symbol of identity with nature. We look into the eyes to know if this other form is another self, and the eyes will not lie, but make a faithful confession what inhabitant is there.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Whoever will imagine a perpetual confession of ignorance, a judgment without leaning or inclination, on any occasion whatever, has a conception of Pyrrhonism.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)