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Divination
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The term “divination” comes from Lat. divinatio, meaning “divine inspiration; soothsaying.” Divination is a social practice of choosing and evaluating signs. It is related to such phenomena as the interpretation of events, the seeking of causes (diagnosis), and the planning of action (prognosis). But it also carries with it the extraordinary claim of being the disclosure of what is hidden (Apocalypticism 1), of having privileged access to a special “pool” of signs (e.g., the ana…

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Mohr, Hubert and Editors, The, “Divination”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D364>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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