Religion Past and Present

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I. History of the Concept – II. Current State of the Problem

“Autonomy” (Gk αὐτονομία) refers to self-regulation, self-determination, self-normativity. Autonomy can designate the political independence of states, the self-dependence of individuals, or the internal authority of institutions. The theological problem concerns the relationship of the modern concept of autonomy to the human relationship with God.

I. History of the Concept

Αὐτόνομος/autónomos in Herodotus …

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Lange, Dietz, “Autonomy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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