Religion Past and Present

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I. Religious Studies – II. Philosophy – III. Dogmatics – IV. Ethics – V. Practical Theology

I. Religious Studies

Identity is not in the classical repertoire of religious studies and the sociology of religion. But the central problem of social identity, formulated as a question, makes its religious significance obvious: “Where do we come from?” is answered by creation (I) myths that refer to an original identity; “Who are we?” and “Where are we goi…

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Gephart, Werner, Schütt, Hans-Peter, Schlapkohl, Corinna, Stroh, Ralf and Mette, Norbert, “Identity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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