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Here and Now, The, and the Hereafter
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[German Version]

In religions, human beings in the here and now appear to be influenced by a hereafter. Concepts of the hereafter and the here and now are the result of certain contrary experiences and expectations. The hereafter stands at a spatial and material distance to the here and now. The heavens arched above the earth mark the primal experience. The here and now also has its religious quality, but always in connection with the hereafter. Without reference to a hereafter, the here and now would be impossible. In s…

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Braun, Hans-Jürg, “Here and Now, The, and the Hereafter”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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