Religion Past and Present

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I. Religious Studies – II. Church History – III. Dogmatics – IV. Practical Theology – V. North America – VI. Missiology

I. Religious Studies

Generally speaking, the term laity (from Gk λαος/laós, “people”) denotes adherents of a religious tradition who do not act as religious specialists or function within a defined socio-religious class (Priesthood, Monasticism). The use of the term is therefore i…

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Freiberger, Oliver, Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter, Karrer, Leo, Schneider, Johann, Plasger, Georg, Foitzik, Karl, Guder, Darrell and Price, Lynne, “Laity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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