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(Mind, Disposition). Christian mysticism (III, 3) laid the foundation for the specifically German concept of Gemüt, variously translated as “mind,” “disposition,” “mentality,” etc., which it took to be a union of the higher powers of the soul and a connection between God and human: knowledge of God and love for God are founded in the mind, and it is here that the human being experiences his destiny as the image of God. The mind, as the ground of the soul, is the psychic locus of the unio mystica , the union of God and human. Thereafter, the close relationship betwee…

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Schreiner, Martin, “Gemüt”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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