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I. Religious Studies – II. Christianity – III. Buddhism

I. Religious Studies

The term compassion bears Christian connotations: compassion (cf. Lat. compassio; Gk συμπάϑεια/sympátheia) refers to the capacity or ability to share concretely in the suffering of others, to sympathize and to draw consequences for one's own behavior. In this regard, the religions answer the question of the appropriate object for compassion – for example all people, only people…

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Deeg, Max, Huxel, Kirsten and Mürmel, Heinz, “Compassion”, 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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