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I. Religious Studies – II. Church History – III. Philosophy of Religion – IV. Practical Theology – V. Missiology

I. Religious Studies

1. Preliminary Considerations.

“Atheism” is a Lati-nized term, current since the end of the 16th century, meaning disbelief in God. It derives from Gk ἄθεός/átheós (alpha privative), literally “without God.” This historical background with its specifically European connotation must be kept i…

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Figl, Johann, Dietz, Walter R., Clayton, John, Henkys, Jürgen and Hoedemaker, Bert, “Atheism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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