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Fear/Dread
(1,660 words)

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1. In the life of adults of the Western culture of the present, religious fears generally carry no weight. More impressive seems an unspecified ‘fear of existence,’ or Weltangst. Ultimately, a fear of death, however unconscious, underlies this feeling, along with, doubtless, the awe before an essence that inspires reverence or dread, a numen, or mysterium tremendum (Rudolf Otto; → Holy). Furthermore, the aro…

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Dinzelbacher, Peter, “Fear/Dread”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00164>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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