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Anxiety is an emotion that functions on different levels. Any adequate definition must therefore take account of these levels, explaining and distinguishing them, and finally weaving them philosophically or theologically into an anthropological whole. Concepts of anxiety depend on the interrelationship between these levels, even when they are viewed as a totality. The way of viewing the distinction between normal and pathological forms of anxiety also plays an important part in the construction of helpful concepts of anxiety. Should we regard neurotic anxieties as extreme f…

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Ritschl, Dietrich, “Anxiety”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A410>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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