Religion Past and Present

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I. Religion – II. Philosophy – III. History of Theology and Dogmatics – IV. Ethics

I. Religion

Talk of happiness refers to a deeper level of experience than enjoying oneself or feeling good. Happiness denotes success in life; the pursuit of happiness is a universal element in human life and thought. The hope of happiness may take ritual forms, especially in connection with rites of passage when a change of social position a…

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Gilhus, Ingvild Sælid, Steinmann, Michael, Sarot, Marcel and Lange, Dietz, “Happiness/Bliss”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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