Religion Past and Present

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I. Comparative Religion – II. History and Theology – III. Practical Theology

I. Religious Studies

In human societies, power is wielded by culture-specific structures of authority. Various dimensions of authority may be distinguished, such as the power to control daily matters (family, larger communal units), war, the sacral realm, etc. Segmentary societies distribute authority relatively broadly (although never in an “ega…

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Stolz, Fritz, Lütcke, Karl-Heinrich, Schieder, Rolf and Steck, Wolfgang, “Authority”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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