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In Gk. aidōs and Lat. reverentia, reverence is regard, respect, veneration, awe. It signifies being gripped by the revered object and restrained by awe. The original idea is that of astonishment and stillness in the presence of the divine. It is a basic religious experience, the substratum of all such experience (F. Heiler). It is also the basis of the moral consciousness (E. Brunner). It rests on direct feeling (not a natural disposition) but is also a historically conditioned attitude. It forms part of our humanity (Anthropology) and is also one of the foundations of culture. As an a…

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Maurer, Bernhard, “Reverence”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.67>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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