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In wrestling with the concept of friendship, theology and the church must do some rethinking. They must begin at the point where, in the tension between isolation with limited contacts (Anonymity) and self-alienating life in the mass (Masses, The), the question arises afresh concerning what forms of relationship can both promote fellowship and establish identity. The paradigm of friendship can help us understand how the following relations condition each other and can become less moralistic: those between love of God and the liking for others, between altruistic and egoi…

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Winkler, Klaus, “Friendship”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F231>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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