The Brill Dictionary of Religion

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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.

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Author(s): Kraus, Esther
Path—Journey—Life Journey 1. Sedentary states and stationary existence entail no situation of risk. Only the journey—in the broadest sense, the journey of life—rouses the need for an orientation such that, even in a strange environment, one may possess a firm reference to one's own identity, and to fundamental principles. Before a traveler, dangers lie, along with the experience of insecurity and extreme situations, but with progress, and the development of fresh impressions, as well. Any tourist …


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Author(s): Albrecht, Christian
On the Concept 1. The roots of the word ‘romantic’ lie in the Old French folk substantive romanz. The adjective was first transferred, in 1680 at the latest, to England, with the ambivalent signification (still retained today) of a sublimation (of some reality) with an orientation to interiority. Further: ‘Romanticism’ in the stricter sense identifies the era, almost entirely German, in the history of culture, between classicism or the Enlightenment and early industrialization—an era dated c. 1786/98 to 1815/35.…


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Author(s): Fuchs, Markus E.
1. The city of Rome is unlikely to be overlooked in a context of the political and religious history of Europe. A person speaking altogether generally of Rome does not usually have in mind the capital of Italy, with some three million inhabitants, but the former center of the Roman Empire, or the center of Catholic Christianity. Rome's function as a religious center is solidly fastened in the consciousness of Western culture. Unlike → Jerusalem, however, Rome was never a ‘holy’ city in the strict sense. Rome did not receive its special role principally by way of a r…