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The Greek term καιρός/kairós refers to the quality of a time: what it is good for (in contrast to χρόνος/chrónos [Chronology], which also means “time” in Gk, but points to the quantitative aspect of time: to the time someone needs to do something). The quality of a time cannot be measured like the time of day, but can only be deduced through experience and intuition, by interpreting the “signs of the time”: as the moment at which it is time for something, the right time or the fruitful moment. The id…

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Englert, Rudolf, “Kairology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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