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1. History of Religion

1.1. Definition in Religion

1.1.1. General Definition

The word “mysticism” has an etymological link to Gk. myō, myeō, mystērion (shut [eyes, mouth], initiate [into the mysteries], mystery), words connoting absorption, esotericism, faith, and relation to the hidden ground of being. A general definition of the term might be “an individual, emotional sense of identification with no specific expressible content in which language points beyond itself to an experience of something that can…

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Elsas, Christoph and zur Mühlen, Karl-Heinz, “Mysticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M927>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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