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Today the term “conflict” denotes a wide variety of collisions of impulses, interests, powers, and groups on the psychological, social, political, and international levels, with or without the use of force, and with or without a symmetry of the conflicting interests or parties. The exclusively negative evaluation of conflict today in popular parlance is only partly shared by psychology (Psychotherapy) and not at all by sociology. Since the term is used so broadly on so many different levels, which may be interrelated but cannot be reduced to a common denomina…

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Ritschl, Dietrich, “Conflict”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1147>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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