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Religion, Personal Sense of
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1. General Concept

Whereas the relationship between the individual and God or the gods in tribal religion is determined by participation in group-specific rituals (Rite), individual relationships with God become possible in the so-called high religions. Hence the personal sense of religion in the narrower sense (American usage refers more frequently to “spirituality”; P. B. Vaill, 177–88) is associated with modern subjectivity. Against the backdrop of the separation of society and …

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Fraas, Hans-Jürgen, “Religion, Personal Sense of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.39>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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