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From latin expiatĭo, the Atonement is the action and the effect to atone. This verb refers to the fact to purify its (or sins) errors through sacrifice, to comply with a sanction imposed by the authorities or having to do some tasks due to his evil doings.
Examples: "Atonement costs blood, sweat, and tears", "I was sentenced to 10 years in prison: the Atonement the harder that never imagined ',"two months of forced labour in Siberia was the atonement that the dissident had to pay because of his statements."
In the field of religion, the Atonement is a form of satisfaction of a sin, by which the individual is acquitted of guilt, for support or to face his sentence. Sin is considered to be a barrier between man and God, and Atonement is to eliminate this obstacle to again clarify the relationship.
From theology, the Atonement proves that God is gracious (it offers a path to the fisherman) and just (it require the punishment for SIN). One who submits to the Atonement cleanses sins, has access to pardoned guilt and is released from punishment.
Furthermore, "Atonement" ("Atonement" in its original language) is a novel by the English writer Ian McEwan, who was released in 2001. The story takes place in 1935 in the House of the Tallis family.
A film of the same title ("Atonement" in Quebec, "come back to me" in France) is based on this novel, directed by Joe Wright and which stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.