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Greek Religion
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1. General Character

As a product of the polytheism of pagan antiquity, Greek religion had no concept of a transcendent God or of an omnipotent Creator and Ruler of the world. Its pantheon is a hierarchically and, in part, genealogically integrated system of immanent, functionally limited deities of various types who represent natural forces (Nature Religion) and cosmic phenomena (Poseidon as god of the sea, Helios and Selene as astral gods, Boreas as a wind demon) or terrestrial, agrar…

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Fauth, Wolfgang, “Greek Religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G254>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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