Religion Past and Present

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I. History of Religion – II. Indian Religions

I. History of Religion

Attempts are found in all religious traditions to set history in order, and either to interpret it as a non-recurring process, or else to fit it into a succession of cycles, frequently linked to etiological and/or eschatological considerations in order to explain present conditions.

First of all, eras may represent an elementary division, with the time in which mankind is living, for example, being contrasted with that in which the creation…

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Vollmer, Ulrich and Kiehnle, Catharina, “Eras”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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