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In distinction from Indian or pseudo-Indian theosophical societies (see 4) of the Blavatsky type, theosophy in the traditional sense represents the concern in all religions to penetrate the deepest mysteries of the deity. In the early church and the Middle Ages “theosophy” was another term for theology. It came to be restricted to special kinds of Christianity only in the 18th century and now applies analogously to non-Christian phenomena.

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Hoheisel, Karl and Mynarek, Hubertus, “Theosophy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.43>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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