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5/5/2016 3:58:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
This is just a curiosity, and nothing to do with the arguments between atheists and theists. I first came across this in one of Patrick O'Brian's books, and it seems that in some sects the 'sin eater' was given food or money for taking a deceased person's sins upon him/herself:

I suppose it would have to be a last resort by someone who couldn't find any other way to feed himself, maybe someone who was disabled, since he/she would certainly go to hell....