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Occultism
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From Lat. occultus, “secret, hidden,” the term “occult” has reference to phenomena, processes, and practices in nature, the spiritual world, or the extraterrestrial sphere that point to hidden forces that escape both normal sensory observation and the knowledge that rests on it. From the end of the 19th century, the term “occultism” came into use primarily for practical or theoretical dealings with transcendental phenomena of this kind. Today it is usually related to the occult worldview that is based on these occult forces, which does not conform to a scientific outl…

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Hoheisel, Karl, “Occultism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_O39>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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