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I. Ethics – II. Practical Theology

I. Ethics

The Greek noun κρίσις/krísis originally denoted the action derived from the verb κρίνειν/krínein: (a) “separation, quarrel”; (b) “selection”; (c) “decision, judgment, verdict”; (d) “turning point (in a battle or disease)” (cf. also criticism, kairology). The adoption of the forensic sense in the LXX added a theological dimension to the term. In the NT, krísis stands for the verdict of the judge, the court of judgment, and especially the eschatological Divine Judgment,…

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Huxel, Kirsten and Grethlein, Christian, “Crisis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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