Religion Past and Present

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History of Religions
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[German Version]

I. Definition – II. History – III. Sources – IV. Challenges and Accomplishments

I. Definition

The history of religions deals descriptively and empirically with all religions, past and present. All observable manifestations of these religions are the subject matter of the discipline: teachings, actions, structures and forms of community, individual expressions of faith, and collective modes of behavior. The history…

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Hutter, Manfred, “History of Religions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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