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Heiler, Friedrich
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(Jan 30, 1892, Munich – Apr 28, 1967, Munich), was a scholar of religion, ecumenicist, preacher, liturgist and pastoral counselor. Brought up a Roman Catholic, Heiler wanted to become a priest, came into contact with modernism early on, studied Near and Far Eastern languages, philosophy, psychology, Catholic theology, history of religions and, privately, Protestant theology in Munich. He earned his Dr.phil. in 1917 and published Das Gebet (51923, repr. 1969; ET: Prayer, 1932), based on his doctoral dissertation, then his Habilitation Die buddhistische Versenk…

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Kraatz, Martin, “Heiler, Friedrich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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