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Enlightenment (Spiritual)
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Philosophy of Religion – III. Christian Theology – IV. Buddhism

I. Religious Studies

Verbalizing the internal light (Symbols/Symbol theory) of the mysteries and mysticism, enlightenment denotes salvific knowledge that comes through sudden ineffable existential experience. Interreligious contacts (reception of ancient conceptions of enlightenment in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; modern enc…

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Elsas, Christoph, Mühling-Schlapkohl, Markus, Marquardt, Manfred and Mürmel, Heinz, “Enlightenment (Spiritual)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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