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Demonic, The
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I. Religious Studies – II. Dogmatics – III. Philosophy of Religion

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R. Otto used the concept of the demonic in close association with the concept of the numinous, which occupied the center of his theory of religion. The essence of the numinous includes the element of the tremendum, the unnerving or unsettling element corresponding on the human side to numinous or religious awe – whose “preliminary stage” according to Otto is demonic awe (Das Heilige, ch. 4.a). This …

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Berner, Ulrich and Sparn, Walter, “Demonic, The”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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