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Mensching, Gustav
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(May 6, 1901, Hannover – Sep 30, 1978, Düren). Strongly influenced by Lutheran theology, the scholar Gustav Mensching was an independent representative of an “understanding” study of religion (Religionswissenschaft des Verstehens), as well as a praxis-oriented approach. He was an active supporter of the Liturgical Movement along with his teacher R. Otto. He was appointed professor for the history of religion in Riga (1927) before becoming director of the department of religious studies (1936), and gaining a chair in 1942 (in…

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Tworuschka, Udo, “Mensching, Gustav”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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