The Brill Dictionary of Religion

Get access Subject: Religious Studies
Edited by: Kocku von Stuckrad

The impressively comprehensive Brill Dictionary of Religion (BDR) Online addresses religion as an element of daily life and public discourse, is richly illustrated and with more than 500 entries, the Brill Dictionary of Religion Online is a multi-media reference source on the many and various forms of religious commitment. The Brill Dictionary of Religion Online addresses the different theologies and doctrinal declarations of the official institutionalized religions and gives equal weight and consideration to a multiplicity of other religious phenomena. The Brill Dictionary of Religion Online helps map out and define the networks and connections created by various religions in contemporary societies, and provides models for understanding these complex phenomena.

Subscriptions: see

Film and Religion: Selected Examples

(1,073 words)

Author(s): Hasenberg, Peter
Year Title Country Director Category Religious Theme/s 1916 Intolerance USA David Wark Griffith C Spectacular epic, Bible episode 1925 Ben Hur USA Fred Niblo C Biblical epic; Jewish-Roman conflict 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc/La passion de Jeanne d'Arc DK Carl Theodor Dreyer C Film on a saint 1943 The Song of Bernadette USA Henry King C Film on a saint 1947 Monsieur Vincent F Maurice Cloche …

Film I: Christian Contexts

(3,091 words)

Author(s): Reichert, Andreas
1. Ever since the appearance of the new medium of film, film and religion have stood in a fertile tension. The relationship has held from the earliest silent films with biblical motifs, to the great Hollywood classics and the ‘religious’ films from the great directors of secular France, to the transferal of the subject to the new myths of cinema and television. One may ask why films with biblical motifs have belonged to the repertoire of the history of film across the board ever since the invent…

Film II: Film and Islam

(1,455 words)

Author(s): Harwazinski, Assia Maria
Egypt 1. a) Film industry and film creators: The history of film in the Arab Islamic world began in Egyptian Alex…


(401 words)

Author(s): Hartmann, Stefan
The Flagellants (from Lat., flagellum, a ‘whip’) were a socio-religious penitential movement of the high and late Middle Ages, whose purpose was the purification of the soul through bodily pain. The members of this lay movement, which had spread throughout Europe, took the vow to flog themselves for thirty-three-and-one-half days, in correspondence with the years of Jesus's life, also to confess their sins to one another, to live without sin, and, every Good Friday, to devote themselves anew to thorough self-flogging. Italian Cistercian Abbot Joachim of Fiore (1130–1202) had…