Religion Past and Present

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Pacca, Bartolomeo

(270 words)

Author(s): Leppin, Volker

Pachomius Rhusanus

(209 words)

Author(s): Goehring, James E.
[German Version] (1508, Zakynthos – 1553, Zakynthos), theologian and popular educator under Turkish rule. Study in Venice was followed by periods as a monk in the Iviron monastery (Athos). Through his thorough knowledge of classical, biblical, and patristic literature he became a warning voice against dangerous teachings of his time. In his book De divinarum Scripturarum utilitate (PG 98, 1333A–1360A), he recommends it as a medicine against religious and moral uncertainty, and against the collapse of language into what have become barbarian dialects.…

Pachomius, Saint

(369 words)

Author(s): Goehring, James E.
[German Version] (c. 292–346, Pabau), Egyptian saint and founder of cenobitic (Cenobites) monasticism. It is reported that he came from a non-Christian family close to the Thebaid. Shortly after his conversion ¶ at the age of 20 he embraced an ascetic life as a disciple of the anchorite Palamon. His vision of a more organized form of the ascetic life led him to form his own community in 323 in the deserted village of Tabennisi. The regulated communal life that he deve…


(211 words)

Author(s): Schubert, Christoph
[German Version] (early 4th cent. – before 393), bishop of Barcelona. Nothing is known of his life apart from a few notes in Jerome (esp. Vir. ill. 106). He was married, and had a son called Dexter. He was elected bishop between 343 and 373.…


(749 words)

Author(s): Becker, Johannes M.
[German Version] The human longing for peace is as old as conflict and war. In recent decades the qualitative difference of the Second World War with its destruction of the civilian population, sometimes deliberate, and the increased capacity for mass annihilation, especially by nuclear weapons (II), have given it new life. Pacifism (from Lat. pax, “peace”) means a radically idealistic way of life that categorically rejects all use of force or violence on ethical or religious grounds and calls for unconditional readiness for peace. The concept of p…

Pack Affairs (Packsche Händel)

(268 words)

Author(s): Wartenberg, Günther
[German Version] In the spring of 1528, a political confrontation over religion seriously threatened the peace of the Empire. Otto v. Pack ¶ (c. 1484–1537), vice-chancellor in Dresden, reported to Landgrave Philip of Hesse concerning an alleged alliance of Catholic princes and bishops (Archduke Ferdinand, Duke George the Bearded of Saxony, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Mainz, Bamberg, Salzburg, Würzburg) formed in Breslau (today Wrocław) in May of 1527 with the goal of ousting Philip and Elector John the Constant and crushing…


(569 words)

Author(s): Rasch, Christian W.
[German Version] Paderborn, city at the springs of the Pader River; archiepiscopal see since 1930. The population was 144,258 in December of 2006. Since 1994 (when the see of Hildesheim was tra…


(267 words)

Author(s): Sørensen, Per K.
[German Version] The Indian master and sage Padmasambhava (Sanskrit: “Lotus Born”; in Tibet also: ¶ Guru Rinpoche, “Precious Guru”) is…

Padre Cícero

(248 words)

Author(s): Hoornaert, Eduardo
[German Version] (Romão Baptista; Mar 24, 1844, Crato – Jul 20, 1934, Juazeiro), Brazilian priest. After his parents’ early death, he was brought up in the dry sertão of the province of Ceará by pious aunts, who sent him to the seminary in the provincial capital of Fortaleza. At the age of 26 he was ordained priest and installed as chaplain in his home region, in Juazeiro, where he was given seven slaves to serve him. In a dream Jesus sent him t…

Padroado-Propaganda Conflict

(452 words)

Author(s): Karotemprel, Sebastian
[German Version] Padroado (Patronage) and Jus Patronatus are terms used to refer to the agreements between the popes and the sovereigns of Spain and Portugal (papal bulls of Pope Martin V and Romanus Pontifex [1455] of Pope Nicholas V), regarding the right to occupy the lands they discovered in exchange for the duty and privileges of supporting and administering Catholic missions in America, Africa, and Asia. Portugal was granted the right of presenting candidates for episcopal and other offices a…

Páez, Pedro

(441 words)

Author(s): Böll, Verena
[German Version] (Pais, Pero; 1564, Olmeda, Spain – May 20, 1622, Gorgora, Ethiopia), entered the Jesuit order in 1582, studied in Coimbra, and in 1587 was chosen for mission. He traveled through Goa (1588–1589) and Hormuz (1589), was imprisoned in Sana’a, and did missionary work in India (1596–1601). From 1603 he was a missionary in Ethiopia, and until 1619 superior of the Ethiopian mission. In 1618 he was the first European to explore the source of the Nile, and in 16…

Pafnuty of Borovsk, Saint

(182 words)

Author(s): Smith, T. Allan
[German Version] (1394 Kudinovo – May 1, 1477, Borovsk). In 1414 Pafnuty entered the Vysotsky Monastery in Borovsk, founded in 1374 by a disciple of Sergius of Radonezh. In 1434 he was named hegumen of the monastery. In 1444 he resigned his office and founded a monastery outside of Borovsk dedicated to the nativity of the Theotokos. Because he supported Prince Dmitry Shemyaka (1420–1453) in the civil war that rocked Muscovy and quarreled with Jonas, the metropolitan of Moscow (died 1461), the Mosc…


(562 words)

Author(s): Löhr, Gebhard
[German Version] As a term in the systematic study of religion, pagandom (like Ger. Heidentum) is inappropriate, since it inherently conveys connotations of religious “otherness” and the truth of Christian theology. As a descriptive historical term, it is useful for religions of antiquity other than Judaism and Christianity when discussing their conflicts with Christianity; this is also the context in which the term originated. Initially the Latin equivalent pagani served as a (pejorative) term describing the rural population (only recently converted to Christia…


(2,417 words)

Author(s): Mohr, Hubert | Becker, Dieter
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. History – III. Missiology I. Religious Studies Paganism (from Lat. paganus “pagan, rustic, civilian”; Pagandom) is the modern scientific term for the deliberate resumption (“reception”) or revival (“revitalization,” “reconstruction”) of ancient or recent ethnic religious traditions or elements of them (Cults; myths, symbols) outside Christianity and biblical Judaism. Although the religious occupation of an outgroup is structurally conceivable in other exclusive religious ¶ communities, such as Judaism or Islam, paganism …

Pagninus, Santes

(110 words)

Author(s): Raeder, Siegfried
[German Version] (Santi Pagnini; Oct 18, 1470, Lucca – Aug 24, 1541, Lyon), Dominican friar who taught oriental languages in Rome; he was in Avignon from 1521 to 1524, and then in Lyon. He translated the Bible from the original languages into Latin (Lyon, 1527), with a strictly literal rendering of the Old Testament. He also wrote a Hebrew dictionary (Lyon, 1529) as well as extensive works on the OT. He followed ¶ Augustine in his emphasis on the mystical sense of Scripture. Siegfried Raeder Bibliography T.M. Centi, “L’attività letteraria di Santi Pagnini nel campo delle scienze bibliche,” A…


(193 words)

Author(s): Deeg, Max
[German Version] The Portuguese word “pagoda” was probably borrowed from Singhalese dāgēba by way of a syllabic metathesis (corresponding to Sanskrit dhātugarbha, “seed of the relic,” relic chamber; cf. Sanskrit stūpa , Pāli thūpa) and applied to the Buddhist places of worship in East and Southeast Asia (as in the case of Sanskrit matrin, “minister”: mandarin). The East Asian languages, on the other hand, do not employ “pagoda” but terms that correspond to stūpa, as for instance Chinese ta. From the perspective of art history, the pagoda developed from the basic tumulus…

Pai-lien chiao

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[German Version] Bailian Jiao


(743 words)

Author(s): Stock, Konrad
[German Version] Within the semantic field of the different modes of experiencing harm or ill-being, pain refers first of all to the sensation felt by the injured, sick, or unsound body (Suffering, Sickness and healing), but then also, and especially in poetic language, to the experiencing of separation, mourning and grief, and compassion ( Welt-Schmerz [v. Hartmann]). I. The history of pain research since J. Müller ( Handbuch der Physiologie des Menschen, vol. II, 1840; cf. N. Grahek, “Schmerz III. Naturwissenschaft und Medizin,” HWP VIII, 1323–1330) has shown that pain repre…

Paine, Thomas

(216 words)

Author(s): Walters, Kerry S.
[German Version] ( Jan 29, 1737, Norfolk, England – Jun 8, 1809, NY), deist (Deism) and political agitator. His parents were Quakers. In 1774 he sailed for the American colonies, leaving behind him an unhappy marriage, unpaid debts, and a dubious reputation. In the New World his luck changed dramatically: his pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the first public cry for American independence, was an instant success. He continued his work as a political polemicist with the Crisis papers, written during the War of Independence, and The Rights of Man (1792), an uncompromising defense of the…
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