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Geography of Religion
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1. The geography of religion may be variously viewed as a department in religious studies (G. Lanczkowski), a branch of cultural geography (H.-G. Zimpel; Culture), or an interdisciplinary field involving geography and religious studies (M. Büttner). Most broadly, its concern is with the relations between religions and space, or landscapes.

2. Up to the Enlightenment, geography (like most other disciplines) was put in the service of theology and had the task of giving academic support to God’s world sovereignty. Theologian B. Keckermann (1571–1609; Orthodoxy 2.3) and philosopher…

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Henkel, Reinhard, “Geography of Religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G28>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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