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Piety
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The word “piety” is a general one for a religious disposition and attitude (“inner religiosity,” involving fear of God, godliness, zeal for God, etc.), and also for religious practice. It engages mind and will, as well as emotions, and expresses itself in a (“pious”) lifestyle. It can refer not merely to individuals but also to the religious mentality that characterizes religious societies, whether congregations or religious orders. It may also denote the collective practices of larger population groups, as expressed in pilgrimages, processions, eucharistic spirituality, and ve…

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, “Piety”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.102>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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