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Mysticism
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1. Introduction

The noun mysticism, a general term dating from the 17th century, eluded all attempts of students of religion and the psychology of religion to define it in the 19th and early 20th century [1]; [3]; [5]. More recent researchers therefore use it only as a heuristic term for highly diverse phenomena of an intense individual experience of bonding or union (Latin unio mystica) with God, the divine, the holy, etc. – always in specific cultural and social context…

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Sparn, Walter, Leppin, Volker, Bryner, Erich and Grözinger, Karl Erich, “Mysticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024459>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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