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I. Catholicism – II. Orthodox Church– III. Protestantism

I. Catholicism

Blessings are said to come from above.” This persistent conviction seems to be gaining ground in the context of the re-sacralization of contemporary life which can be observed in esoteric religion (Esotericism), magic rituals (Rite and ritual: I), and occult and spiritualist practices (Occult; Spiritism). These phenomena of re-sacralization are questionable, and call for a critique f…

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Knobloch, Stefan, Thöle, Reinhard and Greiner, Dorothea, “Blessing”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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