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): Lützenkirchen, H.-Georg
Abstract and Concrete Utopia 1. Etymologically, the word ‘utopia,’ derived from the Greek, means the ‘place [ tópos] that is not [ ou],’ or ‘no such place.’ Ever since Thomas Moore's De Optimo Rei Publicae Statu, deque Nova Insula Utopia (Lat., “The Best State of the Republic, and the New Isle of Utopia”), ‘Utopia’ has been a luminous popular concept. As a generic concept, it denotes the (mostly literary) forms of utopian delineations (‘utopian state novel’). Henceforth Utopia, the ‘not-place,’ is an imaginary place, a wish-picture, …