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I. History of Religions – II. Christian Charity

I. History of Religions

In the Christian context, the term charity signifies the practical implementation of the commandment to love one's neighbor (Love of one 's neighbor) in kindly acts for the benefit of others, such as support for the needy (Poor, Care of the) or the care of the sick (Diakonia; Caritas). The precondition for this is the specifically Christian love command in forming social relationships and the interiorization of this ru…

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Prohl, Inken and Strohm, Theodor, “Charity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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